Categories: ESPO, EuropePublished On: 15.02.2018292 words1.5 min read

The ESPO Award on Societal Integration of Ports is entering its tenth edition. The theme of this year is “ports as a good work environment for everyone”.

The ESPO Award 2018 will go to the port authority that creates a good workplace environment for its current and future employees and demonstrates its investment in a diverse and inclusive environment, facilitating mutual respect, non-discrimination and personal development. The ESPO Award 2018 will equally award the port authority which has an innovative approach to promote the wider port area with its businesses and companies as an attractive work environment for everyone around the port looking for a new career. Doing this, the port authority helps bridging the gap between supply and demand for employees in the port sector, by demonstrating how the multiple needs for labour force in and around the port match the diversity of the profiles of people living around the port. Difference should be an asset, never an obstacle.

Guadeloupe Ports Caraïbes won the ESPO Award in 2017

The ESPO Award was established in 2009 to promote innovative projects of port authorities that improve societal integration of ports, especially with the city or wider community in which they are located. In this way, the Award aims to stimulate the sustainable development of European ports and their cities.

Project submissions have to reach the ESPO secretariat by Friday 29 June 2018 at the latest.

The 10th ESPO Award will be officially handed out during an Award Ceremony and Dinner, which will take place on 7 November 2018 in Brussels.

Previous winners of the Award are the Port of Gijón (2009), the Port of Helsinki (2010), the Ports of Stockholm (2011), the Port of Genoa (2012), the Port of Antwerp (2013), the Port of Koper (2014), Port of Dublin (2015), BremenPorts (2016) and Guadeloupe Ports Caraïbes (2017).