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WEC Gold Medal Award for International Achievement in Sustainable Development

About the Gold Medal

Gold MedalThe WEC Gold Medal Award for International Achievement in Sustainable Development is one of the most prestigious forms of recognition of a global company's ongoing commitment to the practice of sustainable development. Only global manufacturing, processing or service corporations that can document well implemented, outstanding and sustained success are eligible to compete for the award.

A potential applicant company must demonstrate global vision and a commitment to sustainable development through innovative application of policies, and international economic, environmental, and social responsibilities. An independent Jury of international leaders selects the Gold Medal recipient.

2019 WEC Gold Medal Award Recipient: Ingersoll Rand


Ingersoll Rand to Receive WEC's 2019 Gold Medal Award for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development


February 5, 2019: The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce that its 35th annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be awarded to Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR), a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ingersoll Rand, Michael W. Lamach, will accept the Gold Medal Award on Thursday, May 16, 2019, during the Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Through a global competition, the independent Gold Medal Jury selected Ingersoll Rand’s application for integrating sustainability into the core of their business.  Ingersoll Rand has set and met ambitious sustainability targets, focusing not just at the Company’s own footprint, but aiming to help customers substantially reduce their own impact on the environment.  This has been achieved by strong investment in innovative products and services focusing on energy efficiency and emission reductions.  Ingersoll Rand is also investing in innovative ways of incorporating renewable energy into its operations.  Its leadership has a strong commitment to engaging employees and cultivating diversity and inclusion.

In summarizing the decision of the Gold Medal Jury, Jury Chair Katherine Sierra, former Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank, stated, “On behalf of the Jury members, I extend my sincere congratulations to Ingersoll Rand for its thoughtful approach to sustainability and social impact. Ingersoll Rand demonstrates its strong commitment to sustainability across its leadership and organization. This commitment coupled with a global supply chain has far-reaching and positive sustainability impacts around the world.”

In acknowledging receipt of the prestigious global sustainability award, Michael W. Lamach, Ingersoll Rand chairman and CEO, said, “We are honored to be recognized by the World Environment Center for our contributions to a more sustainable world. Sustainability is core to who we are. The passion and commitment of our people around the world and our leading innovation practices keep us at the forefront of addressing global challenges and enhancing quality of life.”

The World Environment Center’s Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development was established in 1985 to recognize significant industry initiatives in global environmental excellence and sustainable development. Recent recipients of the WEC Gold Medal Award are: Ecolab, (2018), HP Inc. (2017), CH2M (2016), SC Johnson (2015), Unilever (2013), IBM (2012), Nestlé (2011), Wal-Mart Stores (2010), The Coca-Cola Company (2009), and Marks & Spencer (2008).

The Gold Medal Jury is independent of WEC and its programs, and is composed of international leaders from academia, government, non-governmental organizations, and retired industry professionals. 

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