Awards & accolades

Position 1 in image ranking by the WirtschaftsWoche magazine

The 8,400 consumers surveyed once again voted 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 ad high quality organic products. Previously, in 2011 and 2012, HiPP was also voted the most sustainable company in Germany in the WirtschaftsWoche magazine by representative consumer surveys.

This year as well, HiPP was the clear winner out of the 103 companies in 17 sectors. Rank 2 and 3 were occupied by household appliance manufacturer Miele and drugstore chain dm.

The last three positions were filled by McDonald’s, and clothes stores H&M and KIK. The survey showed, on a whole, that consumers choose a brand not only because of the product itself, but also for the company’s commitment in areas of environmental and social matters.

CSR Award of the German Federal Government

24 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 (with 500 – 4,999 employees) in Germany. 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.

Detailed information on HiPP’s CSR activities can be found here.

2012 German Sustainability Award of the German Federal Government

07 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 responsible use of the environment. Only companies that have proven to have made outstanding contributions in the field of sustainability management and encourage future-oriented social awareness through their business were shortlisted.

Special Prize for Prof. Dr. Claus Hipp

28 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 honours older people from all over Bavaria who showed special commitment in social, sporting, economic or cultural affairs.

FAUN - Responsibility and Sustainability Category

22 November 2012
– 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) is an acronym for the German term for family enterprises, “Familienunternehmen”, was designed by Olaf Salié, Managing Director of Deutsche Standards EDITIONED, and designer Daniel Bergs. It represents a tree and symbolises rootedness, growth, renewal and connection – to the family and to the brand. Stefan Hipp received the prize in the category “Responsibility & Sustainability” on behalf of Claus Hipp.

Bavarian Family Business Award 2012

21 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 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 Award

05 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 recognition for the company’s philosophy of sustainability. After all, “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 also a pioneer in introducing 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 continues to save energy and resources and is now manufacturing under CO2 neutral conditions 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

11 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 – in Gold, Silver and Bronze. HiPP managed to win twice. The weaning food 6-pack + T-shirt campaign for the 2010 Football World Cup was awarded 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, Coca-Cola won Gold, ahead of Milka (Kraft Foods). 

Recognition for Bavarian Environmental Pact

27 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 act as a strong role model, 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

08 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 was given by “Lebensmittel-Zeitung direct” and the ceremony was held 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 and creativity of our promotional gift campaign.

The Honourable Tradesman

19 May 2011
On the Federal Association Day in Hildesheim, Germany, the KKV Federal Association awarded the Bavarian businessman Prof. Dr. Claus Hipp (HiPP Baby Food) with the KKV honorary award “ The Honourable Tradesman 2011” at the IHK in Hildesheim. The laudatory speech was given 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 that practice “ethical, good treatment” of employees, customers and society. Important aspects are civil commitment, entrepreneurial courage and fair leadership.


06 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 in many countries around the globe since 1998. The aid organisation felt 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

01 December 2010
Munich – The leaving Director General of the Bavarian Broadcasting Company (BR), Thomas Gruber, and baby food producer Claus Hipp were awarded 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, the remaining 31 received the medal in Silver.

Pro Biokultura

On 27 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, Mr. Csaba Bódi, General Manager of HiPP Kft., received the Pro Biokultura Award, Commemorative Medal and Diploma.

Entrepreneur of the Year

12 November 2010
On Friday, 12 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 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, organizer and project manager of this competition.

Steiger Award in the "Environment" category

13 March 2010
On 13th March in Bochum, Germany, the Steiger Award, symbolising tolerance and humanity, was presented. Claus Hipp won the award in the “Environment” category, “because he has put his personal values into practice as an entrepreneur for decades, and recognition is due for his efforts for the protection and preservation of nature and 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

06 January 2009
German Sustainability Award in the category “Sustainable Purchasing”
HiPP has received the German Susbtainability Award for its merits in the field of sustainability purchasing. The company has long practiced consistent sustainability management at the highest level across 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 Rheydt"

13 September 2009

This year’s award winner, Claus Hipp, was a pioneer in the field of baby food produced from organic farming as long as 30 years ago. “He was courageously ahead of this time”, is how the guest-of-honour was described by Lord Mayor Nobert 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 Arbold in his laudatory speech. “In the past years, he has managed to reduce the CO2 emissions of his company by more than 90%. The major share of his energy supply comes from renewable raw materials. Water consumption went down by about 40% per tonne of production.”

“With Claus Hipp, society has become more ecological, more humane, more considerate,” said the official speaker.

Brand of the Century

15 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 products that symbolize an entire product category. The washing machine? Miele. The teddy bear? Steiff. The gummy bear? Haribo. Baby food? 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.