About the Award

The Global Chemical Leasing Award was launched in 2009 and organized in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018 with the direct support of the Austrian, German and Swiss governments. The application period for the fifth Global Chemical Leasing award 2020 will be open soon. 

The Award intends to showcase commitments to innovative and sustainable management principles and to provide practical insights for industry, policymakers and academia. It acknowledges best practices, innovative approaches and ideas related to Chemical Leasing and similar performance-based business models for sustainable chemicals management. It promotes the development and application of “smart” service-oriented business concepts and seeks to inspire companies and individuals around the globe to rethink how they operate with chemicals.

Chemical Leasing is part of the inclusive and sustainable industrial development strategy of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). As an example of best practices in industry, Chemical Leasing helps redefine and reorganize business in line with circular-economy principles and appeals to business partners in terms of benefits, competitiveness and added value. The scope of Chemical Leasing activities goes beyond the initiative of UNIDO and partners and is applied under different names in many companies worldwide. 

Since the first Award ceremony in 2010, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization has received an increasing number of submissions from all around the world. Among the companies that have successfully participated in previous rounds of the Award are Safechem, Ecolab, Cabot, AkzoNobel, Henkel, Ikea, Coca Cola and General Motors.


Chemical Leasing is a performance-based business model for sustainable chemicals managementChemical Leasing aims at more efficient use of chemicals in the production process by redefining the business relationship between the chemical user and the supplier. In the Chemical Leasing model, the supplier does not sell quantities. The supplier sells the function of the chemical. The model aligns the interests and motivations of partners, and helps achieve a win-win situation for them and the environment. The life cycle of the chemicals is prolonged, waste is minimized and resources are used efficiently. This contributes to the achievement of circular-economy goals.


Detailed information about application requirements is published in advance of each Award. The lists of award winners in previous years and other details y can be found here: