New York, May 4, 2021 — The winners of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honoring the businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that are actively engaged and deeply committed to pursuing innovation when it comes to solving health and climate crises, social injustice, or economic inequality.
The J. J. Keller® SAFETY MANAGEMENT SUITE was awarded an honorable mention in the Software category. Leaders in safety and compliance since 1953, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. worked closely with safety professionals across the country to develop an all-in-one solution that makes it easier to ensure compliance with ever-evolving regulations and keep employees safe. Unlike similar products that focus on only certain aspects of safety management, SAFETY MANAGEMENT SUITE offers round-the-clock access to a full suite of best-in-class regulatory resources, including pre-written safety plans, incident tracking tools, chemical management solutions, and more.
Now in its fifth year, the World Changing Ideas Awards showcase 33 winners, more than 400 finalists, and more than 800 honorable mentions—with Health and Wellness, AI & Data among the most popular categories. A panel of eminent Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 4,000 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, and more. Plus, several new categories were added, including Pandemic Response, Urban Design, and Architecture. The 2021 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Brazil to Denmark to Vietnam.
Showcasing some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and companies tackling exigent global challenges, Fast Company’s Summer 2021 issue (on newsstands May 10) highlights, among others, a lifesaving bassinet; the world’s largest carbon sink, thanks to carbon-eating concrete; 3D-printed schools; an at-home COVID-19 testing kit; a mobile voting app; and the world’s cleanest milk.
“At J. J. Keller, we have great respect for the safety professionals who work non-stop to ensure their fellow employees stay safe,” said Rustin Keller, president and CEO of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. “It's an intense, 24/7 job, and with the pandemic, never before have safety and health leaders in organizations been more front and center. Having leading-edge tools is critical. The J. J. Keller® SAFETY MANAGEMENT SUITE is world-changing for workplace safety, providing a single reference point from which safety pros can manage all of their regulatory responsibilities – and significantly reduce chances of a serious incident or injury.”
“There is no question our society and planet are facing deeply troubling times. So, it’s important to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, impact, design, scalability, and passion to solve these problems,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “Our journalists, under the leadership of senior editor Morgan Clendaniel, have discovered some of the most groundbreaking projects that have launched since the start of 2020.”
About the World Changing Ideas Awards: World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With the goals of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.