Export Industry Awards celebrate firms who create value with ESG

The 21st annual awards, launched in partnership with KPMG and Trinity Business School, focus this year on companies who excel in environmental, social and governance

Left to right: Niall Savage, partner & head of audit markets, KPMG Ireland; Simon McKeever, chief executive, Irish Exporters Association; Vicki Caplin, head of marketing & business development, Irish Exporters Association; Michael Flynn, director of executive education, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin

The Irish Exporters Association, in partnership with platinum sponsors KPMG and Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, today launched its 21st Export Industry Awards and Alumni Programme. Companies can now enter up to ten categories at irishexporters.awardsplatform.com. The 2023 category winners will be announced alongside the Overall Exporter of the Year at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner, with over 500 senior industry professionals, at the Convention Centre in Dublin on September 22, 2023.

Under the 2023 theme, Creating Export Value with ESG, this year’s Export Industry Awards Alumni Programme, designed in conjunction with platinum sponsors KPMG and Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, will be open to this year’s shortlisted companies, previous winners and previous shortlisted companies. Events with case studies from past winners and experts across this year’s theme will precede the Trinity Business School Masterclass and Awards night.

The Awards are supported by a number of corporate and industry sponsors: KPMG, Trinity Business School, Ace Express Freight, Bord Bia, Dixon International Logistics, Enterprise Ireland, Institute of Sustainable Trade, Thyme-IT, Urban Volt, and media partner the Business Post.

2023 Programme of Events:

March 5: Awards Launch & Applications (irishexporters.awardsplatform.com)

Mid-April: Seminar, KPMG, Platform X, Harbour Master Place, Dublin 1

This seminar will educate companies about international business opportunities and creating export value with ESG.

April 24: Closing date for applications

• May 21: Shortlisted companies announced

• June 1: Alumni Masterclass, Trinity Business School, Dublin

August 31 - 1 September: Judging process, including Interviews with shortlisted companies

September 22: Winners’ announcement at Export Industry Awards and Gala Dinner

Simon McKeever, chief executive of the Irish Exporters Association, commented: “The Export Industry Awards recognise the tremendous achievements of companies working in the industry. This year’s programme seeks to educate and inform the industry on the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues that are facing Irish exporters and how these companies, along with the organisations that support them, can meet and surmount ESG challenges thus creating value and opportunity as well as a more sustainable future for all of us.

“We are delighted to work with Platinum sponsors KPMG and Trinity Business School on the Export Industry Awards and Alumni Programme. Our aim is to continue to grow and develop our alumni community to tackle barriers with world-class support which will allow them to successfully grow and develop their business internationally.”

Niall Savage, partner & head of audit markets, KPMG Ireland, commented: “We are proud to continue our longstanding sponsorship with the Irish Exports Association and their highly successful Export Industry Awards programme. Exporters deserve special recognition as the businesses that take on the challenge of moving beyond their local markets and embracing the challenge of trading in international markets. This year, we’re delighted to support the Overall Exporter of the Year Award and look forward to working with all the nominees throughout the process.”

Michael Flynn, director of executive education, Trinity Business School, commented: “International trade is central to the wellbeing of the Irish economy and community, so it’s important that we support industry by acknowledging success, innovation, and growth in exports. Trinity Business School are delighted to partner on the Export Industry Awards again in 2023 and in-line with our mission to ‘Transform Business for Good’ are particularly proud to sponsor the Sustainable Trade Company of the Year Award. We would encourage companies from every sector to consider entering the Awards this year and we look forward to celebrating their hard work and success”.

About the Export Industry Awards

The Irish Exporters Association’s Export Industry Awards, now in its 21st year, is the premier event for recognising the achievements of Irish exporters and has been growing in recognition each year. It is important that we highlight the exporting companies and service providers who have excelled across the industry despite some difficult trading conditions in recent years.

The Export Industry Awards allows us to celebrate those Irish businesses that continue to succeed in an increasingly uncertain world and who have been fundamental to Ireland’s success. Over 500 export industry professionals will attend the black-tie gala event on September 22 at the Convention Centre, Dublin.