The category “Company Transformation” distinguishes personalities who have implemented holistic, innovative approaches to corporate learning and thus inspired other companies. The award refers to the interaction of various aspects of personnel development – from knowledge and talent management, training and e-learning concepts for life-long learning, to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and intercultural approaches.
The owners of the automation company Festo, Dr. Wilfried Stoll and Dr. h.c. Kurt Stoll, received the Leonardo Award in this category.
According to the advisory board they were not only chosen because of the Festo Didactic facility, developed by them and explicitly focused on learning, which develops training means for vocational education in Germany in cooperation with the Federal Institute for Vocational Education.
The Leonardo Award also recognizes the Stoll brothers’ overall achievements. Both of them transformed all areas of the company responsibly and involved business partners and policy makers from the social environment in the process. The advisory board continues that “they achieved this with the concept of so-called ‘Corporate Educational Responsibility’ – in an interplay of economic reason, excellence in engineering and visionary innovation".