BeXt Awards recognize sustainability, price and quality of consumer products – EURACTIV.com

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The third edition of the Euroconsumers BeXt Awards will recognize consumer brands leading the way in sustainability, price and quality. Marco Pierani, Euroconsumers Public Affairs Director, explains why recognizing success is important to drive innovation in markets.

Major global consumer brands will be among the finalists for the BeXt 2021 awards this month. The awards are designed to recognize companies who can deliver quality, value-for-money, eco-friendly and sustainable products – and show they understand what is important to both consumers and consumers. for the development of fairer and greener consumer markets.

Celebrate best practices with the BeXt Awards

Created in 2019, the BeXt Awards are part of Euroconsumers’ work aimed at promoting more sustainable behavior among producers and consumers by highlighting existing good practices.

Made up of five major consumer groups from Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Brazil, Euroconsumers has access to a wealth of independent and impartial information on several product categories.

Using the power of this data, we have identified the top performers in terms of longevity, reliability, quality and value for money among household and personal technology products.

The results are based on more than 3,000 comparative tests in these product categories published by our four European national consumer organizations each month, as well as price analyzes in several markets and consumer surveys. This year, the shortlisted finalists in the nine award categories are:

  • BeXt award for quality performance in large household appliances: Miele, Siemens, Bosch
  • BeXt award for quality performance in high-tech devices: Apple, Samsung, Huawei
  • BeXt price for the quality-price ratio in large household appliances: Electrolux, Bosch, Beko
  • BeXt award for the quality-price ratio of high-tech devices: Xiaomi, Realme, Apple
  • BeXt Award for the environmental impact of large household appliances: Samsung, Siemens, Whirlpool
  • BeXt Award for the ecological environmental impact of automotive tires: Michelin, Dunlop, Continental
  • BeXt Prize for the ecological environmental impact of household detergents: Ecover, Unilever, Lidl, Aldi
  • BeXt award for the reliability of large household appliances: Miele, Zanussi, Bosch, Siemens
  • BeXt award for the quality over time of smartphones: Samsung, Apple, HTC

Meeting the challenge of sustainable and sustainable consumer products

The 2021 prices reflect one of the most pressing questions for the European single market: how can it offer the best to consumers and drive the green transition? This means not only meeting consumers’ expectations for price and quality, but also ensuring that they can deliver clean, sustainable and low waste products on a large scale. Celebrating good practice plays a key role in meeting this challenge.

As a consumer organization, we know that the evolution of the market comes from many different directions. By recognizing brands and products that consumers can trust in the long run, we will help consumers make easier and more responsible choices, and show businesses around the world that a commitment to quality, affordable and durable will not go unnoticed.

Beyond this commitment to recognize the progress and innovation of companies, Euroconsumers actively participates in the creation of the adequate infrastructure for a more sustainable mode of consumption.

We are carrying out multi-country research projects to develop the tools for consumers to empower and measure change. Together with BEUC, we are campaigning for policy changes to address consumer issues, such as dealing with a confusing array of flimsy green claims and jargon wherever they want to invest in new products by calling for new rules on “greenwashing”.

These activities will be presented during the BeXt ceremony alongside the company awards ceremony, with sessions presenting work on:

  • Right to reparability anddurability campaign: calling on companies that design their devices to obsolete early or make repairs and spare parts unobtainable. This session will discuss the impact of these practices on consumers and the environment, and what can be done to design waste and build for longevity. He will also present the PROMPT project, a multi-country, cross-sector effort to develop an independent testing program for premature obsolescence.
  • Performance and environmental impact of detergents: analyze as part of the OWN project the green claims of detergent manufacturers and building recommendations for precise, clear, relevant and evidence-based information that leads consumers to the best choices. This session will also discuss how to improve eco-labeling, looking at the obstacles that different stakeholders are currently facing.
  • Online security: a final session during which a new special initiative will be announced.

For more than half a century, Euroconsumers, with its solid technical expertise in comparative product testing, has supported millions of people in their daily choices. However, we are gradually realizing that the choices we make every day, as consumers, can and should improve the market, our society and our future quality of life.

This is particularly urgent now that the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a widespread need to redefine investment, production and marketing standards. In such a scenario, Euroconsumers’ response to contemporary consumerism also involves adopting a completely new perspective to become a powerful driver of sustainable development through dynamic relationships with responsible market players.

The need for consumer groups to help shape legislation and market directions has never been more necessary as we face the common challenges of green and digital transition. But celebrating the best performing brands plays a vital role alongside policy and fiscal measures.

Euroconsumers BeXt Awards take the time to recognize responsible market leaders who are doing well and in doing so challenge other brands to join them in creating sustainability, quality and a fair price for all. consumers.

The BeXt Awards Ceremony will take place online as a fully digital event on September 30, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CET. Participation is free, but registration is mandatory: don’t forget to register here!

About Euroconsumers

Bringing together five national consumer organizations (Test-Aankoop / Test-Achats in Belgium, Altroconsumo in Italy, DECOProteste in Portugal, OCU in Spain and Proteste in Brazil) and giving voice to a total of more than 1.5 million people, Euroconsumers is the world’s leading consumer hub in innovative information, personalized services and the defense of consumer rights. We work closely with Consumers International to ensure consumers are safe, markets are fair and enjoy honest relationships with businesses and authorities. Our European member groups are also part of the umbrella network of BEUC, the European consumer organization. Together, we advocate for European policies that benefit consumers in their daily lives.


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