Insects have a high value for us and our ecosystem.
We want to raise awareness of insect death and achieve rethinking and other action in society.
Saving instead of killing.
From insect killer to insect rescuer: everyone can do that.
This is shown by our history of INSECT RESPECT®. It starts with a special task. Dr. H.-D. Reckhaus, Managing Director of Reckhaus, commissioned Frank and Patrik Riklin from the Atelier für Sonderaufgaben (Atelier for special tasks), to look for an idea for the market entry of a new fly trap. The cross-thinking conceptual artists recommended the opposite: they demanded Dr. H.-D. Reckhaus to question the relationship between man and insect. What is the value of an insect? This question, which was far too rarely asked, led to the action Rescuing Flies in Deppendorf. The focus was no longer on the fight against it, but on the counter-movement and transformation of the company initiated by art.
In the background, the action resulted in Dr. H.-D. Reckhaus a far-reaching rethinking and „renegotiation“: In cooperation with the biologists of ARNAL – Büro für Natur und Landschaft AG, it was calculated for the first time in detail how control agents affect the insect population. From this, a model was derived to compensate for this influence with additional insect-friendly areas. The quality mark INSECT RESPECT® stands for a triad: insect control
1) Reducing (through a change of consciousness in society and prevention tips)
2) Ecologizing (by insecticide-free, repellent or saving products) and
3) Compensating by planting insect-friendly habitats as compensation.
The transformation of the company continues to affect the economy and society – the entrepreneur Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus also describes his motivation and history in his book „Fliegen lassen (Let Fly) – how to radically and consistently re-operate“ (Murmann Verlag 2020).
CEO Millennium Institute, Alternative Nobel Prize 2013
"Nature keeps us all alive – a fact we like to ignore in order to extract as much as possible from it in the short term. INSECT RESPECT® questions this behaviour and sets a good example. That hits the nail on the head. This is not only a sign of a long-term vision, but also the realization that a better world starts with yourself."
Federal Environment Minister a. D. , former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
“The value of insects is best expressed not only in euros and cents. Not even in dollars! For myself, this is always an indication that you have to take the little one seriously. In 2014, I was awarded an environmental prize and was amazed to see a company called Reckhaus among the nominees, which deals with insecticides. At first I thought someone must have done something wrong. When I looked at this in more detail, I was even more surprised that a businessman is committed to the consequences of his actions in nature in such a way that he makes a rescue program for his clients! There can be no more concrete social commitment in this area. It is an incredibly high responsibility to reconcile what one does professionally with the requirements of creation and society. I hope that others will follow this example."
TV presenter and UN Decade Ambassador for Biological Diversity
"Insects have no lobby. They are not cuddly, there is no beady-eyed child pattern – and sometimes they bite, frighten us too. But they are the humus of life. They are the "bee-eager" pollinators, the soil looseners, the favourite food not only of birds ... They are the ones who make it possible for nature to be a miracle. With INSECT RESPECT® we offer you a lobby – and let's protect them, the "wonder-ful" insects of our habitat"
Nature Conservation Association NABU NRW
“INSECT RESPECT® and the commitment of Mr. Reckhaus is something special, because here a businessman says 'I have products and they are of course insect killers, they kill insects, so that one can make that efficiently at home. But there should also be a balance for what they do outdoors in the countryside.' We know this from other areas: when a building area is created, there is also a balance. But the fact that an entrepreneur does this for his products is new. It helps us to implement measures in politics if we get support from industry. In agriculture, the big wheel is rotated. Then such measures and such commitment help to create awareness. That is why this is a real support for our work on insect protection."
Co-Chair of the Global Assessment of the World Biodiversity Council (IPBES), Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Halle“I admittedly thought the ideas of Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus when I heard them for the first time as quite crazy. In the meantime, however, I am fascinated, because INSECT RESPECT® is finally not an initiative of the usual suspects, but that of a businessman who is exploring completely new ways of integrating ecology and economy. The innovative thinking shown here, coupled with surprising implementation, is for me an exemplary recipe for success that refreshes from the apocalyptic mood of the end of the world."
President of the German Society for General and Applied Entomology"The domestic area in which Reckhaus products are used may be of marginal importance for insect death overall. However, Reckhaus creates awareness among consumers that can be reflected on other manufacturers through their consumption behaviour. Many manufacturers could take this as an example. No matter if in the home, in agriculture or in small gardening – everywhere, pesticides have negative consequences for insects."
Prof. for General Business Administration (ABWL) and Marketing at the University of Applied Sciences Koblenz
"In our turbulent times, companies must take on social responsibility, even if they are polarizing with it. With INSECT RESPECT®, Dr. Reckhaus goes far beyond what can be expected of ordinary entrepreneurs – and changes the thinking of an entire industry towards biodiversity."
"For me, INSECT RESPECT® combines innovative entrepreneurship with a sustainable way of thinking. This means that approaches that actually appear controversial are ultimately brought together in all aspects in a coherent manner."
Chairman of the Management Board BAUM e. V.
"We consider INSECT RESPECT® to be absolutely advanced and exemplary. We are very happy to support INSECT RESPECT® and hope that many will join the quality mark."
Centre for Sustainability Management, University of Lüneburg
"Over the last 200 years, the success of companies has mainly been determined by technical innovations. Today, innovative power is demonstrated by innovative services based on sustainable business models. INSECT RESPECT® takes biodiversity seriously and has the most innovative and sustainable business model I know in the industry."
President of the Cologne Business School
"To maintain our livelihood for all, we need not only technical innovations, but entrepreneurs who are willing to take new paths and responsibility. With INSECT RESPECT®, Mr. Reckhaus has taken such a path and inspired future generations to do so immediately. Economic success and sustainable responsibility for our society and the environment do not exclude, but are fertilizing themselves – a lesson that we urgently need to anchor in the minds of entrepreneurs."
Member of the Institute’s management, Swiss birdwatching
"As a specialist institute for bird studies and bird protection, we are concerned that more and more attention is paid to the important role of insects in the natural environment. Insects are an important food source for most native bird species and the lack of insects can be a serious threat to birds. There have recently been increasingly alarming indications that the biomass of insects in Central Europe has fallen dramatically in recent decades. For this reason, we very much welcome the introduction of the INSECT RESPECT® seal of approval. We are particularly pleased that, in the context of this seal of approval, concrete upgrading measures in favour of a rich insect world are being promoted and implemented. We wish the seal of approval and this sensible idea a great acceptance in society."
University of Technology and Economics (HTW) Berlin
"In the genesis of INSECT RESPECT®, the visual arts play an important role. And so the brand not only stands for an economically plausible and scientifically sound concept, but is also a model example of creative corporate responsibility: original, authentic, courageous and ahead of its time."
Director SME Institute, University of St. Gallen
"INSECT RESPECT® is an innovative, stunning campaign for biodiversity. Behind it is a fascinating concept of sustainability that convinces with its seriousness and creativity."
Head of the Research Group Dachbegrünung, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
"We consider the INSECT RESPECT® model to be comprehensible and conclusive. By comparing the “living biomass” and “living space quality” before and after the creation of the balancing area, the corresponding value shifts caused by defined factors to value levels or rather to a value comparison. We consider the factors and value levels mentioned to be useful and the calculated compensation seems to us sufficient."
Deputy Managing Director Pro Natura St. Gallen-Appenzell
"At first, I was skeptical about the INSECT RESPECT® project, because it was launched by a biocidal company. However, as the reading of publications such as "Why Every Fly Counts" and the website showed, the project is well structured and supported in terms of content and expertise. It aims to raise public awareness and encourage to combat insects in the house only, when a need is actually indicated. The project provides background information on many insects (beneficiaries and pests) and a destination service for expert investigation. This awareness is very important and encourages a change in public thinking. The label also stands for the most ecological insect control possible and rejects biocides that are particularly harmful to the environment. The shift towards more environmentally friendly alternatives is very welcome. I find the idea of compensation exciting. This creates balancing areas, which constitute refuges in the settlement area and can provide a habitat for different organisms. In addition, such enhancement projects can raise public awareness of the importance of insects. I consider the project and the commitment to be very meaningful and exemplary."
The managing director of Öbu – Network for Sustainable Business
"INSECT RESPECT® is based on respect for the small inhabitants of our planet and contributes to a conflict-free coexistence of man and nature. It makes it possible to safeguard human interests without destroying the living worlds surrounding us. A surprising and innovative concept."
We are not alone. In addition to our efforts to save the insects, we count on the valuable support of our partners.
Together with BirdLife Switzerland, INSECT RESPECT® has conducted the Day of Insects in Switzerland in 2018 and 2019. BirdLife is one of the largest nature conservation organisations in Switzerland and is committed to the protection of birds and their habitats as well as international cooperation in nature conservation. With the Day of Insects, the organizers want to promote cooperation and a lobby for insects.
Naturkundemuseum Bielefeld (namu)
The Natural History Museum Bielefeld (namu e. V. ) cooperates with INSECT RESPECT®. Contents of the collaboration include the joint regular event Day of Insects, book donations from Why Every Fly Counts, the loan of the INSECT RESPECT® exhibition to the museum as well as a joint stand at GENIALE 2017. Information on the cooperation between namu and INSECT RESPECT® can also be found in the annual report of namu 2016. A paper on the cooperation between the Natural History Museum Bielefeld and INSECT RESPECT® was published in the Neue Westfälischen (Environmental Supplement June 13, 2017).
Biodiversity in Good Company
INSECT RESPECT® has been a member of the Biodiversity in Good Company Initiative since March 2018. The aim of the initiative is to preserve biodiversity and maintain the value of biodiversity. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, Managing Director of Reckhaus GmbH & Co. KG and initiator of the INSECT RESPECT® quality mark is the same conviction as he expressed in his speech at the Dialogforum announced on March 13, 2018. ” We need to rethink, not just in the biocidal industry”, says Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus. Companies have a responsibility to do something about the loss of insects!” In the initiative, INSECT RESPECT® wants to exchange ideas with like-minded people, learn from the pioneers of other industries and jointly create visibility for this commitment.
Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften (ZHAW)
The research group “City Ecology” of the Institute for Environment and Natural Resources of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) supported INSECT RESPECT® in the development of the balancing model and in questions related to roof foundations.
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Westfälischer Entomologen e.V.
The work of INSECT RESPECT® is scientifically accompanied. Among other things, the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Westfälischer Entomologen e. V. supports us in monitoring compensation areas.
The research group “Functional Morphology and Biomechanics” of the Zoological Institute of the University of Kiel supports INSECT RESPECT® with feedback on scientific publications.
INSECT RESPECT® has been presented several times as an outstanding project since its foundation.
INSECT RESPECT® is nominated for the 13th German Sustainability Award in the category „Transformation for Biodiversity“. The award is Europe’s largest award for sustainable engagement and awards to projects that drive social and environmental transformation.
On September 18, 2020, INSECT RESPECT® was awarded as a project of the UN Decade for Biological Diversity 2020 at the Federal Ministry for the Environment in Bonn. Josef Tumbrinck (Head of Nature Conservation at the BMU) handed over the certificate and the prize – a tree made of wood – to Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus (Initiator INSECT RESPECT®).
The theme of the UN Decade of Biological Diversity will be „Protecting insects – together for the diversity of nature“ in 2019 and 2020. The award will be given to projects that contribute to the protection of insects, improve their living conditions and provide knowledge about species and their importance for biodiversity and ecosystems.
INSECT RESPECT® is nominated for the Marketing for Future Award 2020. The award ceremony took place online on June 17 at 20:00. The award recognizes creative marketing measures in five categories that represent the acceleration of positive change.
As part of the WorldMediaFestivals, the Television & Corporate Media Grand Award in the category „Education“ went to INSECT RESPECT® in 2020. The animated film„Little Giants“thrilled the jury and thus received the intermedia-globe Silver Award.
The award recognizes films and video clips that meet the highest production standards. The jury attaches particular importance to creativity, effectiveness and film quality. It also assesses how well the videos achieve their goals and appeal to their audience. Nearly 800 videos from over 30 countries were submitted. The award ceremony would have taken place on May 27, 2020 in Hamburg; the gala is now cancelled due to the situation with the novel coronavirus.
Reckhaus is nominatedfor the Swiss Ethics Award 2020 with INSECT RESPECT® . Is it worth taking responsibility for a sustainable future? The SWISS EXCELLENCE FORUM has been dealing with business ethics for about 20 years. Ethical behaviour in the economy is a prerequisite for sustainable success. On September 23, 2020, the Swiss Ethics Award will be presented for the ninth time at the Ethical Leadership Conference. The award is appreciation for ethical achievements in the economy and recognizes the achievements of organizations and companies that take on special responsibility and are committed to sustainable corporate governance.
In 2020, the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) awarded the coveted German Innovation Award for Climate and Environment (IKU) for the seventh time. 132 companies, eight research institutes and one authority have applied for the prizes with their products and services. Twenty-two of them were nominated for The IKU, including the INSECT RESPECT® success story. BDI President Dieter Kempf: „The IKU recognises the innovative power of German companies and initiatives. They are problem solvers for climate and environmental protection.“ The winners were announced on March 26, 2020.
With a megaphone, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus launched his plea for artonomy at the Pfingstweid car park in Zurich on September 10, 2019 at 10 a.m.: „Our family-owned company has been producing insect killer products for over 60 years. I never had a bad conscience – until art woke me up“. Since then, he has been pushing ahead with the transformation of his company, the „transformation from a pointless, environmentally destructive chemical tanker into a meaningful, insect-saving horticultural enterprise.“
The conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin from the Atelier für Sonderaufgaben (Atelier für Sonderaufgaben) have given the trigger for their new business model with INSECT RESPECT® with their art action Rescuing Flies in Deppendorf. Following the announcement, Reckhaus received the Energy Globe Award Switzerland from the Austrian Business Delegation in Zurich. „Dr. Reckhaus has given the insects a different meaning with the INSECT® RESPECT seal of approval,“ said Manfred Schmid, the Austrian business delegate and trade councillor of the Austrian Embassy Trade Department (Bern). „He receives the Energy Globe Award Switzerland for his efforts to give the insects the space and protection they need.“
The worldwide environmental award„Energy Globe Award“went to the insect repellent manufacturer Reckhaus for its project INSECT RESPECT® in Switzerland on September 12, 2019. Triggered by the confrontation and cooperation with the Swiss conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin, Reckhaus has been changing its business model with INSECT RESPECT® since 2012. More than 187 countries and more than 2,000 projects apply annually for the world-renowned Environmental Award „Energy Globe Award“. It recognises regional, national and global projects that conserve resources and energy. The goal is to create worldwide attention for sustainable, universally applicable ecological solutions and to activate people to do something themselves.
On February 6, 2019, WirtschaftsWoche awarded Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus for his„Entrepreneurial Heart“. The award ceremony took place at the summit of world market leaders in Schwäbisch Hall. The jury of the prize of the same name was enthusiastic about the innovative solution offered by the biocidal entrepreneur for the entire industry with INSECT RESPECT®.
„Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus had everyone against him at the beginning,“ says Daniel Rettig, Head of Success at WirtschaftsWoche, „but because he was convinced of his decision, he prevailed against all resistance – and was right.“ „We need role models who do not shy away from the inconvenient, who bravely accept criticism and are not afraid to put profit and responsibility in context,“ explains Robert Friedmann, spokesman for the Würth Group’s Executive Board.
„An entrepreneurial heart should beat for a sustainable economy,“ says Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus. Models that are sustainable in the long term and do not exacerbate the global biodiversity loss are sustainable.
On December 10, 2018, the ZEIT WISSENeditorial team nominated INSECT RESPECT® for its „Courage for Sustainability“ award in the category DOING.
The jury paid particular attention to the compensation areas of the INSECT RESPECT® seal of approval, as well as the educational work of the company Reckhaus for the value and benefits of insects. Reckhaus is thus setting new standards for the pest control industry.
The Association of the European Chemical Industry (CEFIC) honoured Reckhaus as initiator of INSECT RESPECT® with the European Responsible Care Award „Environmental Responsibility“ on October 10, 2018 in Amsterdam. The jury chose the extraordinary project as the winner for its high innovative power. „INSECT RESPECT® offers a unique example of how industry can commit itself to ecology and biodiversity,“ states the jury’s explanatory statement. The strong video footage and extensive communication about the value of insects convinced the jurors. „Through the hard work of INSECT RESPECT® we can share this best practice with the rest of the chemical industry,“ says Marco Mensink, Director General of the Association of the European Chemical Industry (CEFIC). At the annual „Global Chemical Convention“ ceremony on October 25, 2018 in Amsterdam, the prize was presented to Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, initiator INSECT RESPECT®.
What the jury says:
„INSECT RESPECT® is characterized by its transformative and innovative character. The project makes a significant contribution to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).“
Red carpet for insects: The insect repellent manufacturer Reckhaus has produced an animated film PRO Insects, which has now been awarded with the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards 2018. With INSECT RESPECT®, the biocidal company Reckhaus strives for the sustainable transformation of its industry. The international jury of experts has selected the film „Little Giants“ as the winner in 2018 in two categories – information films and environmental issues. The award ceremony took place on September 27, 2018 at Palm Beach Cannes.
The competition for the TOP 100 companies is looking for innovative companies in Germany. Targeted innovation management is rewarded by the jury with the award. In addition, the TOP 100 companies meet in the „Club of Excellence“ to exchange ideas and network.
The 180° change of the company Reckhaus at the introduction of INSECT RESPECT® impressed the jury especially in the category „Innovation-promoting top management“. And so Ranga Yogeshwar honoured the entrepreneur Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus on June 29, 2018 at the award ceremony in Ludwigsburg at the 5th German SME Summit. „My goal is to raise society’s awareness and push back the market for biocide producers,“ said Reckhaus at the event.
Under the motto „Our contribution to the goals of the united nations for sustainable development“, the Association of chemical industries (VCI) was looking for companies and entrepreneurial projects in 2018 that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The jury of this year’s Responsible-Care Prize of the VCI State Association of Nordrhein-Westfalen awarded the company Reckhaus with INSECT RESPECT® with the 1st place. The award ceremony with the handing over of documents took place at the parliamentary evening of the VCI NRW on June 6, 2018 in Düsseldorf. „INSECT RESPECT® impresses with its transformational character,“ said jury member Dr. Ignacio Campino. „The competition contribution meets the spirit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals , the SDGs, on the road to a sustainable society.“
The project Rescuing Flies in Deppendorf by the conceptual artist Frank and Patrik Riklin, from which INSECT RESPECT® emerged, has now been nominated for the 24th International Sponsorship Award in the category of cultural sponsorship. The 24th International Sponsorship Award took place on the evening of November 28 at the Journalists‘ Club of Axel-Springer SE in Berlin.
„How do we live tomorrow?“ is the prize question of this year’s Green Product Award. Hundreds of submissions from 25 countries applied to provide the best and most ecological response. INSECT RESPECT® is the winner of the competition. For innovation, design and sustainability, INSECT RESPECT® receives the Green Product Award 2017. The winners were officially honoured on October 20 in Berlin. The INSECT RESPECT® seal of approval for insect control with ecological compensation is awarded for the unique communication about the value and decline of insects.
Under the title „Little Giants – Of Insects, Art and Respect“, INSECT RESPECT® has designed an author’s article for the Springer publishing book „CSR and Digitization“. What does digitalization have to do with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and, above all, with insect death? The authors Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus and Tina Teucher ask exactly about this connection in their text: If everything is globally networked, what is the value of seemingly small things – e.g. the value of an insect? To investigate this, they tell of the adventure journey of the Reckhaus company, which began when the doors were opened to art. It led from a supposedly absurd fly-rescue operation to a detailed scientific study of nature, biodiversity and sustainability to the transformation of the entire business model. A story about truth-seeking, rethinking and change. The editors gather in the book numerous contributions and forewords by Wolfgang Schäuble, Fredmund Malik, Timotheus Höttges, Henning Kagermannm, Bert Rürup, Christian Seifert, Tim Leberecht, Dieter Gorny, Christoph Keese and Valerie Niehaus. They all show that a new way of thinking is needed to understand and shape the world of tomorrow. If a community operates for too long with an outdated operating system, social unrest, resource struggles, wars, elite isolation, and authoritarian systems of domination are programmed.
„Company Biodiversity 2020“ is an interface for associations from business and nature conservation. With the Dialogue and Action Platform, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Federal Office for Nature Conservation (BfN), business associations and nature conservation organisations are committed to a turnaround in the loss of biodiversity. The Platform for Action initiates, accompanies and publishes concrete activities. In the field of action „Communication, Networking and Information“ the „Tag der Insekten“ of INSECT RESPECT® and Natural History Museum Bielefeld was presented as an activity in 2017.
The industry award recognizes the most advanced and powerful industrial products. An independent expert jury consisting of professors, scientists, industry branch experts and journalists evaluates all submitted products and solutions. What counts is the progress (novelty, product maturity and future orientation) as well as the economic, social, ecological and technological benefits of the submitted solutions. Reckhaus GmbH & Co. KG is once again one of the INDUSTRY PRICE BEST OF 2017with the INSECT RESPECT® seal of approval.
Every year, the German Engagement Award honours committed people and organisations who are committed to volunteering and pays tribute to their commitment to a society worth living in. INSECT RESPECT® is nominated for the 2017 award. The German Engagement Prize is awarded by the Alliance for Charity, sponsors are the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the Generali Future Fund and the German Television Lottery. More on this in the press release on Biological Diversity Day (May 22, 2017).
Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus has been honoured with the „My Good Example“ award in Berlin. The initiator of the INSECT RESPECT® seal of approval for insect control with ecological compensation, accepted the award on March 30, 2017 from Liz Mohn, Vice-Chairwoman of the Bertelsmann Foundation. Liz Mohn congratulated and was delighted with the commitment: „The economy and society must always be remembered together. Companies are important social actors. They stand by their responsibility to their employees, their customers and their region.“ The prize should also encourage the next generation to change and to commit one’s own engagement. INSECT RESPECT® was selected as the winner (Video) for his „strengthening awareness of biodiversity and the ecological importance of insects“. Read more in the press release. Photo: © Thomas Kunsch
With the innovative packaging design of the Dr. Reckhaus Fliegen-Scheibe®, Reckhaus has won the coveted Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2016. The world-renowned competition awards excellent communication design. In several sessions, the 26 experts of the Red Dot jury evaluated each of the numerous submissions live and on site. Designers and companies from a total of 46 nations took part in this year’s award. The Dr. Reckhaus Fliegen-Scheibe® stands for insect repellent in the interior with the highest ecological requirements: reduction or avoidance of biocidal use, and if so, only with compensation by the INSECT RESPECT® mark of quality. The excellent packaging emphasizes the value of insects, shows an image of the compensation area for the product and points to a webcam image of the green, insect-friendly roof area with a QR code.
On May 29, 2016, Europe’s largest environmental and economic award was presented for the ninth time in Munich: the GreenTec Awards. At the green gala, the nominees and winners were celebrated in front of 1,000 guests and by prominent laudators at munich’s ICM with an extensive stage programme. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus received the certificate for the second placement of INSECT RESPECT® in the category „Lifestyle“. The initiator of the GreenTec Awards, Sven Krüger, said: „Not least urbanization leads to underestimation of the importance of insects. Reckhaus is particularly involved with ecological biocides. Personally, I am very impressed by the long-standing commitment and concrete, case-based solutions. Congratulations on jumping into the TOP 3 of the GreenTec Awards 2016.» The prize has honored green innovations from business and academia since 2008.
Leadership in economic, social, technological and ecological benefits confirmed: A high-calibre jury consisting of professors, scientists, industry branch experts and specialist journalists selected Reckhaus GmbH & Co. KG with the INSECT RESPECT® seal of approval again in April 2016.
INSECT RESPECT® – the first quality mark for anti-combat biocides – was selected as one of the nominees in the Lifestyle category for the 2016 GreenTec Awards. Every year, the award honours innovative products and projects that point the way to an environmentally conscious future. The award ceremony with 1,000 invited guests from business, politics, science, culture and the media will take place on May 29, 2016 in Munich.
Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was awarded the Swiss Ethics Prize on November 24, 2015 in Lausanne. In its explanatory statement, the jury underlined the courage of the entrepreneur: „Reckhaus is strategically positioned in an industry that is more known for negative environmental impacts,“ said Anne-Catherine Lyon, State Councillor in the Department of Education, Youth and Culture of the Canton of Vaud, who presented the prize as Honorary President of the jury. The realignment was impressed by a „surprising business model with strong differentiation, which simultaneously offers solutions for the entire industry with the INSECT RESPECT® label,“ said jury president Pierre Epars, member of the Directorate-General at BG Ingénieurs Conseils SA. The Swiss Ethics Prize has been awarded since 2005 by the University of Engineering and Administration of the Canton of Vaud (HEIG-VD). It promotes ethics, sustainable development and social responsibility in strategies of companies and public organisations. A short video of the award ceremony can be watched here.
For his innovation INSECT RESPECT®, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was included in the faces of sustainability in August 2015. The platform, edited by Alexandra Hildebrandt and Hauke Schwiezer, introduces pioneers of social change – people who have set out to rethink sustainability and shape it in their own way. They show sustainability not only as a one-sided ecological issue, but also as a broad range across all areas of society.
The entrepreneur Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was particularly honoured at the gala of the European Cultural Marks Award 2015 on October 29, 2015 in Berlin: „Many jury members, including me personally, were absolutely impressed and convinced by Reckhaus’s commitment,“ said Roland Bischof, Vice President of the Association for Sponsorship e.V., in his eulogy. In particular, he emphasized the company’s courage in transforming art and business: „I hope that there will be a lot of imitators for it in the future.“ Together with the conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin, Reckhaus had realized the art action Rescuing Flies in Deppendorf, which radically revolutionized his company’s business model. The 29-member jury of experts at the 10th Cultural Brand Award Although she decided on another winning project in the category „European Cultural Investor 2015“, he asked for a special mention: „To entrust art representatives with ideas and recommendations for action and – even if it may even seem counterproductive for the company’s result at first – then simply get involved, that is courageous and consistent.“
The initiative „Companies for the Region“ launched in March 2007 by Liz Mohn, Vice-Chairman of the Board of The Bertelsmann Foundation. (UfdR) offers a solid network for committed small and medium-sized enterprises. In June 2015, the association presents its newsletter INSECT RESPECT® as „Good Example of the Month“: „… The entrepreneurial new way in the implementation of Reckhaus GmbH & Co. KG is remarkable. Compensation is not only possible through the sale of the products, but is ensured from the beginning. Through this, consumers have the guarantee that fighting and preservation are in balance».
Huber Verlag für Neue Medien GmbH awards the INDUSTRY PRICE to companies with high economic, social, technological and environmental benefits. In April 2015, a high-calibre jury of experts consisting of a total of 30 professors and specialist journalists selected Reckhaus GmbH & Co. KG with the INSECT RESPECT® seal of approval in the INDUSTRY PRICE BEST OF 2015.
The Dr. Reckhaus Fliegen-Scheibe® with the INSECT RESPECT® seal of approval has been included in the GreenSelection 2015of the Green Product Award. The initiators received high-quality submissions from more than 20 countries. The jury emphasized that the contributions of the „Green Selection“ are characterized by credible concepts, creativity and courage for new ways. The selected entries are presented in detailon the green product award website.
Berliner Volksbühne (Green Salon), January 29, 2015: At the invitation of the brand strategy associations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was able to present the sustainable strategy of INSECT RESPECT® within the framework of the 1st International Strategy Slam . The econeutrale model was widely recognized by brand strategists in Berlin – as well as at the live stream events in Hamburg, Vienna and Zurich. In the competition for the Strategy Slam Award 2015, which was decided by applause, INSECT RESPECT® secured second place with only a decibel gap.
The change of Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus shows in a haunting way how a self-critical reflection on the value of insects reveals a forethought in the truest sense of the word. For his courage in taking the INSECT RESPECT® quality mark a radical transformation from a conventional biocidal manufacturer to a provider of eco-neutral insect control, the Bielefeld entrepreneur was awarded the Querdenker-Award 2014 in the category „thought leaders“. The prize, which was initiated in 2010 by the Querdenker-Club, which has around 320,000 members, is awarded annually to outstanding minds, innovative companies and special achievements in business life.
The German Entrepreneurship Award is awarded every two years by the Harvard Clubs of Germany. The award recognizes people who realize entrepreneurial visions and thus make a valuable contribution to society. On September 30, 2014, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was selected among the best three entrepreneurs in the „Family Business“ category for his commitment to promoting a sustainable and conscious use of insects in the Frankfurt Opera Tower.
The Kyocera Environmental Award is one of the leading awards for sustainable companies in the German-speaking world. At the 2014 award ceremony, INSECT RESPECT® was selected as one of the best three initiatives in the category „Biodiversity, Nature and Water Conservation“. The award ceremony took place in the presence of Prof. Klaus Töpfer, Chairman of the Jury and former Minister of the Environment of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The ESPRIX Forum is the leading network for business excellence in Switzerland. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was invited to present INSECT RESPECT® as a model example for „Sustainable Excellence“ during the conference for the presentation of the ESPRIX Swiss Award for Excellence 2014. The event took place on March 6 at the KKL Luzern in the presence of Swiss President Didier Burkhalter.
How can business, culture and creativity be linked to profit? The new publication „Innovation Economics“ of the Competence Center CREATIVE.NRW shows it with 14 company examples from Germany and Europe, including Reckhaus and INSECT RESPECT®.