History of the award
Madame Clicquot was a trailblazer of her time. Widowed, in October 1805, she single-handedly took on her late husband’s champagne business, and went on to pioneer several industry innovations whilst demonstrating her unparalleled creative dexterity.
Created in 1972 , the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award and New Generation Award pay homage to Madame Clicquot, the first woman to establish herself as such a leading woman figure in the business world. Since the BWA inception, the worthy woman heirs of « la grande dame de la Champagne » have been recognized for their own unique and pioneering qualities. Meeting challenges and breaking ceilings, these Award winners share an entrepreneurial spirit, audacious foresight, firm creativity and talent. Like Veuve Clicquot herself, the Award has enjoyed an international dimension, honoring more than 300 women in 27 countries since its inception.
The Categories of Award
The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award
Created in 1972 as a tribute to Madame Clicquot, the award champions successful business women who share the same qualities as her. Highly prized and sought after, it is the first international award created to recognise the contribution that women have made to business.
The New generation award
The New Generation Award (or “Prix Clémentine” in French) was established in 2014, recognizing the new generation of woman entrepreneurs that Veuve Clicquot sees as the next formidable generation of business women.
Business Woman Award
Founder or director of an activity based in Canada. Driving force behind the company’s success due to a pioneering approach. Excellent business sense, dynamism, innovation, daring and adventure.
A SUCCESSFUL ECONOMIC MODEL
Profitable growth sustained for several years, with a healthy balance sheet. Value creation attributable to the visionary management of its director.
A RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS
True commitment of the candidate to responsible and sustainable business practices such as a carefully considered environmental policy. A concern for the quality of employees’ working lives and for healthy teamwork, as well as for diversity in the workplace and generous employee benefits.
A COMMITTED DIRECTOR
Supporting, planning, pushing the envelope and demonstrating the ability to motivate employees and partners.
New Generation Award
A SENSE OF INNOVATION
Uncommon intuition to create a creative and adventurous business that’s in keeping with the times, has plugged a gap in today’s market and offered a new service.
AN INTUITIVE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT
Founder or director of a visionary activity based in Canada. Possessing a dynamic personality, a keen sense of adaptability and tremendous dedication.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Commitment to responsible business practices such as a sustainable environmental policy at the heart of the company’s activity, the well-being of its employees, work spaces that encourage motivation and creativity, the development of talent and a healthy work – life balance.