Entries now open for 2022 Play for Change Awards

Published on: 5th April 2022

The third edition of the awards will welcome entries in three categories: Diversity and Inclusion, Sustainability and Life Skills.

Toy Industries of Europe (TIE) is calling for entries for the third edition of the Play for Change Awards which celebrate toys or initiatives that make a positive impact on children’s lives either by promoting diversity and inclusion, by showing care for our planet or by encouraging the development of the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century.

Entries can be submitted until 20th May and will be evaluated by external judges who are all experts in their respective fields. For the third year in a row, John Baulch, industry stalwart and founder of Toy World Magazine, will supervise proceedings as Chair of the jury.

Compared to the past two years, the 2022 edition of the awards brings a few changes. Two categories have been renamed to provide more clarity – ‘Future Skills’ is now ‘Life Skills’ and ‘Empowerment’ is now ‘Diversity and Inclusion’. The ‘Sustainability’ criteria have been refined to ensure the overall positive impact for the environment is judged.

Catherine Van Reeth, TIE’s director general, said “Over the past two years – despite challenging circumstances – the Play for Change Awards have impressed me with the positive examples for the whole sector. I am looking forward to what this third edition will bring. These awards are the perfect opportunity for toy makers who are making a real difference to be recognised by experts and celebrated by their peers.”

Toy companies of all sizes, TIE members and non-members alike, with products or initiatives launched in 2021 and available in Europe are invited to take part. Participation of smaller companies is especially encouraged. The winners for all three categories will be announced in early October.

To enter the awards, and check out who won last year, please visit the Play for Change Awards website here.



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