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Review of the year 2020

Dear readers, at times like these, it’s good to hear about people like Tim-Alexander Karusseit and his employees. Even in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, they did not get discouraged. Instead, they reinvented trade fair construction company Hoffman in Sehnde, Lower Saxony. They used their diverse range of skills to build coronavirus outpatient clinics. This won them the Special Award for Inspirational Leadership at this year’s KfW Entrepreneurs’ Awards. Our society really needs role models like this. The same applies to Madeleine von Hohenthal and Benjamin Wenke. They no longer wanted to stand by as plastic pollutes our oceans. They gave up their jobs, founded the company Bracenet and have been successfully producing bracelets, key rings and dog leashes from abandoned fishing nets ever since. They donate a portion of their revenue to organisations involved in marine conservation. This won them the Special Award for Social Entrepreneurship at the KfW Entrepreneurs’ Awards. We could tell you about lots of companies that show strong commitment to social issues and make the principle of responsibility a reality in the daily life of their business. In this dossier, we introduce five of them. As well as trade fair construction company Hoffman and Bracenet, we will introduce you to Stitch by Stitch, Scoutbee and Centogene. You can also see the year in review in a short video. Let’s take the people in these companies as an example of how to make the best of a crisis. We wish you a peaceful festive season! Stay safe and well. Your editorial team at KfW Stories.