The Gothenburg Award is appointed in collaboration with the City of Gothenburg, Region Västra Götaland and several partner companies. The aim is to encourage continued improvement and acknowledge strategic work in sustainable development, both nationally and internationally. The prize has awarded since 2009 and the reward is 1 million SEK.

City of Gothenburg


The City of Gothenburg is responsible for the majority of community services in your area. The most important areas are preschool and school, social services and care of the elderly.

Region Västra Götaland


Region Västra Götaland’s assignment and vision is to contribute to a thriving Västra Götaland which is a good place to live and work, as well as a good place for future generations. Region Västra Götaland is governed by democratically elected politicians and with just over 50,000 employees is one of Sweden’s biggest employers.

The Second Swedish National Pension Fund


The Second Swedish National Pension Fund manages around 280 billion Swedish crowns and is one of the ”buffer funds” in the Swedish pension system. The government has instructed the fund to create the best possible return while maintaining a low risk level.

Carl Bennet AB


Carl Bennet AB is a principal owner of the medical technique group Getinge, the infomedia group Elanders and the industy and trade group Lifco.

Elanders AB

Elanders is a global supplier of integrated solutions in the areas supply chain management, print & packaging and e-commerce. The Group operates in more than 15 countries on four continents. Our most important markets are China, Germany, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom and the USA. Our major customers are primarily automotive, consumer electronics or white goods manufacturers.



Peab is one of the leading Nordic construction and civil engineering companies with more than 14,000 employees and net sales of over SEK 49 billion. The Group has strategically located offices in Sweden, Norway and Finland. The Peab’s registered office is located in Förslöv on Cap Bjäre in south of Sweden. The Peab share is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.



SEB är en ledande nordisk finansiell koncern. I Sverige och de baltiska länderna erbjuder SEB finansiell rådgivning och ett brett utbud av finansiella tjänster. I Danmark, Finland, Norge och Tyskland har verksamheten en stark inriktning på ett fullserviceerbjudande till företagskunder och institutioner.

SEB betjänar mer än 4 miljoner kunder och har cirka 17 000 anställda.



The SKF Group is the world’s leading supplier of products, solutions and services in the area of rolling bearings, seals, mechatronics, service and lubrication systems. SKF offers includes such services as technical support, maintenance, condition monitoring and training.

The Group is globally certified according to the environmental management system ISO 14001 as well as the international standard for health and safety management OHSAS 18001. SKF is included in Dow Jones’ Sustainability Index, as well as in the FTSE4Good Index.



Handelsbanken is a full-service bank with a nationwide branch network in Sweden, the UK, Denmark, Finland, Norway and the Netherlands. Handelsbanken was founded in 1871 and currently has almost 12,000 employees working in more than 20 countries. Handelsbanken’s goal is to have higher profitability than the average of peer banks in its home markets. This goal is mainly to be achieved by having more satisfied customers and lower costs than those of competitors.

Handelsbanken’s view is that responsible actions are essential to long-term value creation. Long-term business relationships, low risk-taking and cost-awareness are cornerstones of Handelsbanken’s business culture. They form the basis of successful banking operations being run in a responsible, sustainable manner.

KPA Pension

KPA Pension is the leading pensions company in the local authority sector. We are entrusted with the  pensions of over one million people.

In 1922 when we started, we insured 400 people in 11 towns. Since those days, our activities have multiplied manifold. We currently take care of the pensions for over one million employees of local authorities and county councils and we are the pensions administrators for 80% of Sweden’s local authorities and all of its county councils (landsting).

We do not believe in quick deals but think in a much more long-term manner. We therefore invest pension funds in ways which give good, long-term returns. We are 60% owned by insurance company Folksam and 40% by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions


Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and offers education in technology, science, shipping and architecture with a sustainable future as its global vision. Chalmers is well-known for providing an effective environment for innovation and has 13 departments. Graphene Flagship, an FET Flagship initiative by the European Commission, is coordinated by Chalmers. Situated in Gothenburg, Sweden, Chalmers has 10,300 full-time students and 3,100 employees.