Awards & accolades

National award for EMAS Environmental Management 2016

28th November 2016

Federal Environment Minister Hendricks awarded HiPP as an excellent and exemplary company for its environmental management system in the EMAS “large companies” category.

Federal Environment Minister Hendricks awarded HiPP as an excellent and exemplary company for its environmental management system in the EMAS “large companies” category.

In March of this year, HiPP was honoured with this award by the Federal Ministry for the Environment and the German umbrella organisation of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. On 28.11.2016 the award ceremony took place with a speech by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Dr. Barbara Hendricks, in Berlin.

Johannes Doms (right), HiPP, at the presentation of the certificate with Dr. Ulrich Hatzfeld, Head of the “Principle affairs, planning-relevant legislation” department of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

HiPP wins European Business Award for the Environment (EBAE)

27th October 2016

The announcement and EBAE festive award ceremony took place on 27th October 2016 as part of the Eco-Innovation Forum in Tallin, Estonia. HiPP was awarded a prize in the “Business & Biodiversity” category and was the only German company to receive an EBAE award.

Since 1987, the European Commission has been awarding the European Business Award for the Environment (EBAE) to companies that succeed in combining innovation and competitiveness in business with outstanding environmental achievements. This year, the international jury nominated 23 companies from 148 applications, which were submitted by EU member states and candidate countries. Only companies that had already won the EMAS environment prize at a national level were allowed to participate. HiPP was the winner in the “large companies” category in March 2016 at the German EMAS Environmental Management 2016 awards.

Award of the Bavarian Europe Medal 2016

25th October 2016

The Bavarian State Ministry for Federal and European Affairs honoured Prof. Dr. Claus Hipp with the “medal for outstanding achievements for Bavaria in a united Europe”.

The Europe Medal has been awarded once a year since 1990 to personalities who have made a broad contribution to the promotion of European thinking in Bavaria. On 25th October 2016, in the Prinz-Carl-Palais in Munich, the State Minister, Dr. Beate Merk, presented Prof. Hipp with the award for his work. “He is not only an innovative businessman, but also a sculptor, painter and musician, who as a lecturer creates interest for culture in young people in Georgia”, the State Minister said. All the prize winners this year were praised in her speech. “They work tirelessly to bring people together, to transcend borders, and for a life in peace and freedom. They all live Europe.”

Entrepreneur Prize of the Pfaffenhofen District

14th October 2016

Prof. Dr. Claus Hipp is the first person to hold the Entrepreneur Prize of the Pfaffenhofen District

The Entrepreneur Prize of the Pfaffenhofen District was presented to Prof. Dr. Claus Hipp by District Administrator Martin Wolf as part of Entrepreneurs’ Day in Scheyern Abbey. The jury rated the submissions according to criteria such as training, company climate or social peace – HiPP, as a family business, scored points in all these categories. In his formal address, Abbot Markus Eller praised the company philosophy, “They exist not just to create value, but to create an appreciation of value”. Prof. Hipp was delighted with the tribute and was quick to acknowledge it, “It is my pleasure to accept this award. Above all, in the name of all our employees.”

German Packaging Award 2016

27th September 2016

HiPP was awarded the German Packaging Award 2016 in the “Design and Finishing” category

The German Packaging Award is an international, pan-industrial and non-specific competition and is under the patronage of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The German Packaging Institute awards this prize every year for innovative and creative packaging ideas. From more than 200 submissions, an independent specialist jury determined the best packaging solutions and awarded the prize to HiPP for the new HiPP children’s cream at a public ceremony at the FachPack trade fair in Nuremberg. The new product won the jury over with its cute children’s packaging in the form of a turtle which also has a clever secondary use.

Pfaffenhofen Climate Protection Award 2015 goes to HiPP

17th October 2015

Climate Protection Day in Pfaffenhofen took place for the first time on 17th October 2015.

The aim was to raise public awareness of the numerous ambitious initiatives and measures which contribute to climate protection in the district. During the evening celebration, HiPP was awarded the Climate Protection Award 2015 by the jury. The climate-neutral manufacturing process was singled-out as an outstanding achievement.

A total of 16 projects were nominated for the first Pfaffenhofen Climate Protection Award. While the jury prize went to the company HiPP, the prize awarded by the public went to the relatively new “Kleiderkammer” social project.

International Economic Forum presents Prof. Dr. Claus Hipp with the Lifetime Achievement Award

16th October 2015

On 16th October, the 5th International Economic Forum took place in Baden-Baden.

At the IEF Gala in the evening, prizes for outstanding personalities in the German economy were awarded: Prof. Dr. Claus Hipp was awarded a prize for his life’s work. The formal address was made by Christian Schmidt, Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture. “He has a moral compass, is straight-forward and follows ethical guidelines”, acknowledged the Minister.

HiPP is “Customer Favourite 2015”

13th August 2015

The business magazine Focus Money selected the paediatric food manufacturer HiPP as “Customer Favourite 2015”.

The award is based on a study of the brand strength from the viewpoint of the consumer. Over 1.1 million customer votes were cast on 500 brands from 45 sectors via social media in the period from January to December 2014 regarding price, quality and image. HiPP is the most popular German brand in the study.

WirtschaftsWoche awards HiPP the title of “most sustainable company”

12th June 2015

After 2011, 2012 and 2013, this year once again HiPP was selected as the most sustainable company in Germany.

In the eyes of the German consumers, HiPP is the most sustainable company. This is the result of a current survey carried out by the Facit Research market research institute, the Serviceplan advertising agency and the WirtschaftsWoche magazine. 8,143 consumers selected as broadly representative were asked, among other things, which company was fairer, more responsible and did business in a more ecologically-compatible way than their rivals. There were 104 companies to choose from. First place was once again given to the family-run Bavarian company HiPP. 

According to the definition, sustainability is the balance between the three dimensions of ecology, economy and social issues. “If we adopt sustainable management for our environment, our social life and our business, we are looking to the future and ensure that the next generations have a chance of an existence worth living”, Prof. Claus Hipp explained.

Honorary Lateral Thinker Award for Claus Hipp

25th November 2014

As part of a ceremony, Prof. Dr. Claus Hipp was awarded the Honorary Lateral Thinker Award in Munich on 25.11.2014.

The justification for the Querdenker-Stiftung, the “Lateral Thinker Foundation”, was that the baby paediatric food manufacturer Hipp is a pioneer in the field of sustainability. Hipp’s life’s work has significantly characterised economic development in Germany. Claus Hipp has successfully shown that there is no contradiction between economy and ecology, Eberhard Sasse, President of the Bavarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, said in his speech. This year, further Lateral Thinker Awards went to David Garrett, Ute Lemper and Dirk Rossmann, among others.

Further information on commitment to sustainability at HiPP

Position 1 in image ranking by the WirtschaftsWoche magazine

25th May 2013

The consumers (8400 questioned) once again voted for HiPP as the most sustainable company in Germany in 2013.

We would like to thank everyone for the trust they have shown in us. At the same time, the consumer voting is an incentive for HiPP to sustain efforts to further ensure the provision of reliable and high quality organic products. Already in 2011 and 2012 HiPP was voted the most sustainable company in Germany in the WirtschaftsWoche magazine by representative consumer surveys.
This year too HiPP was elected the clear winner from 103 companies in 17 sectors. Rank 2 and 3 were occupied by household appliance manufacturer Miele and the drugstore chain dm.
The last three positions were filled by McDonald’s, and the clothes stores H&M and KIK. The survey showed on the whole that consumers choose a brand not only because of the product itself, but also for the company’s commitment to the areas of environmental and social matters.

CSR Award of the German Federal Government

24th April 2013
HiPP awarded 1st place as one of the most responsible companies in Germany

HiPP was awarded 1st prize for its outstanding commitment in the areas of environment and community, business management, market and workplace and was delighted to receive recognition as the most responsible company of its size in Germany (500 – 4,999 employees). On 24th April, Gerd Hoofe, state secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and chairman of the jury, honoured a total of 4 companies of various sizes at a festive event at the Postbahnhof in Berlin.

2012 German Sustainability Award of the German Federal Government

7th December 2012
HiPP was honoured as one of the 3 most sustainable companies in Germany.
On 7th December 2012, the winners of the German Sustainability Award of the German Federal Government were honoured in Düsseldorf. Applicants were awarded a prize for their exemplary economic success, social responsibility and resource saving handling of the environment. Only companies that had proven to have made outstanding contributions in the field of sustainability management and that encourage future-orientated social awareness through their business were on the shortlist.

Special Prize for Prof. Dr. Claus Hipp

28th November 2012

Special Prize for Prof. Dr. Claus Hipp awarded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Labour and Social Order, Families and Women and the State Senior Citizens’ Representation

The Bavarian State Prize "Reife Leistung" ("fantastic job") was awarded to 11 winners by the Bavarian State Ministry of Labour and Social Order, Families and Women and the State Senior Citizens’ Representation at the Künstlerhaus in Munich on 27th November 2012. The award was presented to Prof. Dr. Claus Hipp by Christine Haderthauer, Bavarian Minister of State for Labour and Social Affairs. This award is a distinction of older people from all over Bavaria, who showed special commitment in social, sporting, economic or cultural areas.

FAUN – Responsibility and Sustainability Category

22th November 2012
FAUN – Responsibility and Sustainability Category awarded by the publishing house Deutsche Standards EDITIONEN and Ernst & Young

For the first time this year, in cooperation with the publishing house Deutsche Standards EDITIONEN, the auditing company Ernst & Young awarded the FAUN, a special award for German family enterprises. The prize is awarded for outstanding brand management in three categories: 1. Tradition & Grounding, 2. Responsibility & Sustainability, 3. Innovation. This cross-sector prize comprises the fields of consumer, service and industry. In the future, the FAUN will be awarded every three years. The prize itself, whose name FAUN was created as an acronym of the German term for family enterprises, “Familienunternehmen”, was designed by Olaf Salié, Managing Director of Deutsche Standards EDITIONEN, and designer Daniel Bergs. It represents a tree und symbolises rootedness, growth, renewal and connection – to the family and to the own brand. Stefan Hipp received the prize in the category “Responsibility & Sustainability” on behalf of Claus Hipp.

Bavarian Family Business Award 2012

21st March 2012

For the first time in March 2012, the family business owners (ASU) and the young entrepreneurs (BJU) presented awards to family businesses. The Bavarian Family Business Award 2012 was presented in the three categories “Sustainability”, “Innovation” and “Social Commitment”. Claus Hipp achieved the 2nd place in the category “Sustainability” for Hipp GmbH & Co. Vertrieb KG.

German Solar Prize

From left to right: Jo Leinen, Member of the European Parliament; 2nd from left: Bernward Janzing, presenter; Johannes Doms, member of HiPP Management, Dr. Simone Peter, Minister for the Environment of Saarland, Dr. Axel Berg, Chairman of EUROSOLAR Germany

5th November 2011

On 5th November, the European Association for Renewable Energy, EUROSOLAR, honoured the Pfaffenhofen-based baby food producer HiPP with the 2011 German Solar Award. The Solar Award gives HiPP a sense of vindication for the many decades of its company philosophy of sustainability. After all, the “ecologically sound production of baby food” has been a dominant theme throughout the company’s history. HiPP is not only a pioneer in organic farming, but it also introduced an EMAS-certified environmental management system, the first food producer in Europe to do so, as early as in 1995. Due to its consistent and sustainable implementation, the company keeps saving energy and resources and now manufactures CO2-neutrally in Germany, despite having doubled its production. Global warming is closely related to the extinction of animal species and plant varieties. HiPP is actively committed to preserving biodiversity this way.

POS-Marketing Award

11th October 2011

This week, the German POS Marketing Award was given for the 11th time by POSMA, the POS Marketing Association. The trend-setting POS marketing campaigns in 2010 were awarded in 11 basic and 3 additional categories – namely in Gold, Silver and Bronze. HiPP even managed to win twice. The weaning food 6-pack + T-shirt campaign for the 2010 Football World Cup was awarded with the Silver POS Marketing Award in the category “Small Budget – Big Impact”. No Gold award was presented in this category this year. In the category “High-turnover Consumer Goods”, HiPP managed to win third place with the same campaign. In this category, Coa-Cola won Gold ahead of Milka (Kraft Foods).

Recognition for Bavarian Environmental Pact

27th September 2011

Recognition for long-standing commitment in cooperative environmental protection by the Bavarian Environmental Pact.
HiPP was one of the original signatories when the Bavarian Environmental Pact “Protecting the Environment Together” was founded on 23rd October 1995. As a pioneer company, HiPP was presented with an award for its long-standing and exemplary commitment by Minister of State Söder during a ceremony in the Residenzkirche in Munich, together with the other founding companies. “The goal of the Environmental Pact is to strengthen and further develop the commitment of Bavarian companies to the field of environmental protection based on personal responsibility and voluntary action. The members of this Environmental Pact offer a strong example in contributing to a Bavaria that is a sustainable, environmentally-friendly living space“, says Söder. During the ceremony, the Minister of State presented an award to 120 Upper-Bavarian companies that were among the first members of this Environmental Pact.

Sales Cup

8th June 2011
For last year’s weaning food campaign “Support your team with free fan T-shirts”, HiPP GmbH & Co. Vertrieb KG won the “Oscar for Sales Promotion”. This award is given by “Lebensmittel-Zeitung direkt”, and the awards ceremony took place in Wiesbaden on 8th June 2011. With this award, HiPP won its first marketing award in the field of sales promotion. The “Sales Cup 2011” is awarded in different categories. In the “Industrial Promotion” category we were presented an award by an independent expert jury for the special promotional effectiveness as well as the creativity of our promotional gift campaign.

The Honourable Tradesman

19th May 2011
On the occasion of the Federal Association Day in Hildesheim, Germany, the KKV Federal Association awarded the Bavarian businessman Prof. Dr. Claus Hipp (HiPP Paediatric Food) with the KKV honorary award “The Honourable Tradesman 2011” at the IHK in Hildesheim. The laudatory speech was held by the Minister of State to the Federal Chancellery, Eckart von Klaeden. With this honorary award, the Catholic Social Association offers a reminder of an old core skill of the Association: the ideal of the “honourable tradesman”. It honours businesspeople who practise the “ethical, good treatment” of employees, customers and society. Important criteria are civil commitment, entrepreneurial courage and fair leadership.


6th April 2011
Munich – On 6th April, the German aid organisation “Human Plus e.V.” honoured the child food producer Claus Hipp with the “Econosophen”. This award is given to persons and companies with high social responsibility and extraordinary merits by the internationally active charity organisation every year. Human Plus e.V. is a recognised non-profit association for humanitarian aid. Its activities have contributed to relieving poverty and plight in many countries around the globe since 1998. The aid organisation said that the reason for giving him the award was that when Claus Hipp reached out to help children in need in Haiti and Pakistan, he proved that he did so not for professional reasons, but rather because it was his calling in life.

Bavarian Constitutional Medal

1st December 2010
Munich – The leaving Director General of the Bavarian Broadcasting Company (BR), Thomas Gruber, and the paediatric food producer Claus Hipp have been awarded with the Golden Constitutional Medal in Munich.

Both award winners received their medals in the Bavarian Parliament on Thursday. The President of the Federal State Parliament, Barbara Stamm (CSU), also awarded 43 other personalities for their social commitment. 14 award winners received the Constitutional Medal in Gold. In addition, 31 silver medals were awarded.

Pro Biokultura

27th November 2010

On 27th November 2010, an event of great significance took place in Budapest. On the 23rd Day of Sciences of Biokultura, extraordinary achievements in Hungarian Biokultura were honoured with awards. This year, Mister Csaba Bódi, General Manager of HiPP Kft., received the Pro Biokultura Award, Commemorative Medal and Diploma.

Entrepreneur of the Year

12th November 2010
On Friday, the 12th of November, Prof. Dr. Claus Hipp received the coveted business award “Entrepreneur of the Year 2010” in Frankfurt am Main. The award winners distinguished themselves by the strength of their business and their sense of responsibility.

In addition, Prof. Dr. Claus Hipp was nominated for the “World Entrepreneur of the Year 2011” award. This international award ceremony took place in Monte Carlo in spring 2011. On Friday night in the Old Opera House in Frankfurt, Ernst & Young honoured the “Entrepreneurs of the Year 2010”. “The award winners impressed the jury not just with their growth figures, but also with their readiness to take risks and their commitment to society”, explained Wolfgang Glauner, organiser and project manager of this competition.

Steiger Award in the “Environment” category

13th March 2010
On 13th March in Bochum, Germany, the Steiger Award was presented, which symbolises tolerance and humanity. Claus Hipp won the award in the “Environment” category, “because he has put his personal values into practise as an entrepreneur for decades, and recognition is due for his efforts for the protection and preservation of nature as well as the protection of the environment. Time and again, Claus Hipp has drawn the attention of the public to the dangers of continued environmental pollution. He has no objection to manufacturing in Germany. This way he creates jobs and leads his business in a modern way, in accordance with the latest environmental protection regulations.”

German Sustainability Award

6th January 2009
German Sustainability Award in the category “Sustainable Purchasing”

HiPP has received the German Sustainability Award for its merits in the field of sustainable purchasing. The company has long practised consistent sustainability management at the highest level all along its value creation chain. From purchase to production, distribution and administration, sustainability principles are always taken into account. HiPP has excelled in implementing these principles in the field of purchasing. With about 25,000 tonnes worldwide, HiPP is the largest processor of organic-biological raw materials.

Environmental Protection Award "Golden Flower of Reydt"

13th September 2009
This year’s award winner, Claus Hipp, was a pioneer in the field of food for children produced from organic farming as long as 30 years ago. “He was courageously ahead of his time”, is how the guest of honour was described by Lord Mayor Norbert Bude. “Claus Hipp not only gives his name to organic farming”, added the President of the Board of Trustees for the awarding ceremony of the Golden Flower, Dr. Gottfried Arnold, in his laudatory speech. “In the past years he has managed to reduce the CO2 emissions of his company by more than 90 percent. The major share of his energy supply comes from renewable raw materials. Water consumption went down by about 40 percent per tonne of production.” “With Claus Hipp, society has become more ecological, more humane, more considerate”, said the official speaker.

Brand of the Century

15th October 2009
On 15th October, the publishing house Deutsche Standards EDITIONEN presented the 16th “Brands of the Century” at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
250 great brands, one of them being HiPP, document the economic power of the German brand-name product industry. They are the products that symbolise an entire product category. The washing machine? The teddy bear? The gummy bear? Food for children? Exactly: Miele, Steiff, Haribo and HiPP!

The brand book can be found in any German-speaking book shop, and an issue of “Brands of the Century” can be found in every Goethe Institute and every embassy around the world.