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Leonardo da Vinci Prize


Leonardo da Vinci Prize

The Leonardo da Vinci Prize was created in 2011 on the initiative of the Henokiens Association of family businesses in existence for more than two hundred years and the Château du Clos Lucé - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, a cultural business and the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci.
The mission of the Château du Clos Lucé is to pass on the legacy, universal memory and knowledge of Leonardo da Vinci and to promote the value of highly skilled know-how.
The Henokiens Association, founded in 1981, devotes itself to standing up for and promoting the passing on of the intangible and living heritage of two-hundred-year-old family businesses all over the world.
The missions of the Château du Clos Lucé and Henokiens Association meet and converge in the tradition and passing on of an intangible, living heritage in the name of the figure who was the greatest possessor of universal talents.
The Leonardo da Vinci Prize  is part of the process of passing on our heritage in the sameway that Leonardo da Vinci passed on his skills to his pupils in the spirit ofthe Renaissance.
The Leonardo da Vinci Prize is awarded to a family business for its outstanding ability to pass onto future generations a set of cultural values and know-how and particular techniques that together make up an intangible and living heritage which are an essential guarantee of its continuity.
This heritage is expressed in the fidelity of these businesses to their traditions, their industry, a product or cause, a region or local area, and above all their family history.
Five fundamental values are necessary for the success of a heritage business and to enable it to be long-lasting.

  • History and tradition 
  • Business and family
  • Fidelity and commitment
  • Memory and passing on of heritage
  • Innovationand modernity

Selection Criteria

Quantitative criteria

 Target : family businesses of which the owner-directors are the main shareholders, either on their own or with members of their family.

  • Business longevity criterion: more than two generations
  • Turnover criterion: more than three million euros.

Qualitative criteria

Five fundamental values are necessary for the success of a heritage business and to enable it to be long-lasting.

  • History and tradition: tradition is at the heart of the mission of the heads of family businesses.
  •  Business and family: founding a family and founding a business involve similar commitments, which involve an ethical approach to business common to the whole family.
  •  Fidelity and commitment: the family business undertakes to ensure the continuation of a set of cultural and humanist values, skills and particular technologies that make up an "intangible and living heritage" that is an essential guarantee of continuity.
  •   Memory and passing on of heritage: the director of a family business does not simply leave a business to his or her successor but passes on a personal and original vision of his or her profession in a relationship with time that is considered to be a "raw material".
  •  Innovation and modernity: Preparing for the future is about anticipating. Like Leonardo da Vinci, family businesses must strive resolutely to innovate to remain competitive.

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DAHER wins the Leonardo da Vinci Prize 2013

An initiative of the Château du Clos Lucé and the Henokiens Association, the Prix Léonard de Vinci, which is awarded to an outstanding family business, was won in 2013 by DAHER. Now it its third year, the prize was presented by senator for the Territoire de Belfort and former minister Jean-Pierre Chevènement at a ceremony held at the Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise on 18 October 2013.
An independent family business founded 150 years ago, DAHER shares the strong values of the Prix Léonard de Vinci that embrace the notions of family, loyalty, commitment, passing on values, and innovation.

DAHER is a top-flight components manufacturer for high-technology industries that specialises in three strategic sectors: aeronautics and defence, nuclear and energy, and capital goods. Classed in France as an ETI (mid-sized company), DAHER’s economic model combines the industrial expertise and services industry know-how that today make it a go-to partner among its industrial customers. Indeed, the Group is pursuing growth through the complementary activities it has incorporated in its global offering: Industrial Design & Manufacturing and Integrated Industrial SupportTM. Its dependable engineering approach enables DAHER to offer its industrial customers innovative solutions that stand out from the crowd.
In these difficult economic times, DAHER has continued to invest in engineering and industrialising its activities to safeguard the quality of its products and services. This has proved to be a winning strategy, since the Group has increased its turnover by 70% in the last 5 years.
In its Performance 2017 plan, DAHER targets a turnover of 1.5 billion euros by 2017 by becoming an essential player in the key sectors and ensuring profitable, sustained growth. The company is also keen to step up its international presence, particularly in Europe, North America and Asia.

Established in Marseille in 1863 by Paul Daher, DAHER has proven its ability to evolve and innovate constantly to keep in step with the different phases of industry in France and across Europe while remaining true to its values.
Today headed by Patrick Daher, the great-grandson of Paul, the company shares the fundamental values championed by the Prix Léonard de Vinci:

"Business and family": It was in Marseille in 1863 that the story began of a company that is today celebrating its 150th birthday. Under the impetus of Paul Daher, the DAHER company transformed its trade business into a maritime transport group with international ramifications. In the 1920s, one of Paul’s sons created a new international opportunity by founding a chartering branch and negotiating the shipment of the first two major Middle Eastern pipelines. When Paul Daher passed away on the eve of the Second World War, the family drew together to become the company’s driving force and guarantor of its continuity. Today, its involvement in the governance of the company is carefully controlled by the nearly 300 shareholding members of DAHER’s asset holding company, some sixty of who are involved in the Group’s different governance structures headed by Patrick Daher, the great-grandson of Paul.

"Fidelity and commitment": DAHER’s registered office has always remained in Marseille. The company and its members continue to play a part in community life in both its home region and in other areas where it has a presence. Its entrepreneurial spirit is in the family’s genes, passed on from generation to generation and reaffirmed today in its 2012/2017 strategic plans: its asset holding company plan, Forging an Entrepreneurial Adventure, and its operating company plan, Performance 2017.

"Memory and passing on values": Family ties are a core part of family values. Human dignity, self-fulfilment and relationships with others have always been central to both the concerns of the family and to corporate development strategy. The act of passing on these values, the cement that binds the family and its entrepreneurial spirit, was formalised by the establishment of the intra-family SOLIDAHER solidarity fund in 2002 and of FONDAHER in 2009, a foundation established to direct financial assistance provided by the family to joint projects aspiring to these same values: providing training to enable young people to enter the job market and ensuring the comfort and dignity of patients receiving medical treatment.

"Innovation and modernity": An innovative industrial group and top-flight components manufacturer, DAHER is a key player in the evolution of the sectors in which it is active through its role as a major partner in large regional competitive clusters, its position as founding member of the IRT Jules Verne research centre and its involvement in major European metallic and composite materials research programmes. DAHER places collaborative innovation at the centre of its development strategy, particularly collaboration with academic institutions. The DAHER chair, in partnership with Nantes Écoles des Mines and Mines ParisTech, is an illustration of this approach.

"The Prix Léonard de Vinci that you have presented to us today inspires a number of different feelings in me. Firstly, our thanks for selecting us, and also our gratitude for the recognition you have given us, the Daher family, and our history as a family of entrepreneurs, and lastly pride at the thought that this prize is awarded in recognition of a company whose entire workforce is focused on innovation."
"The close family bonds and ability to pass on our values that we have forged have withstood the passing of generations, despite the considerable growth in the size of our family. Today there are more than 500 of us descended from my great-grandfather who founded the company. Some 300 of his descendants are shareholders in our company."


Leonardo da Vinci Prize 2013

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Leonardo da Vinci Prize 2012

On Friday, October 5, 2012 the second “Leonardo da Vinci Prize” has been awarded in Berlin by Mr Daniel Bahr, Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Pr Hans Georg Näder, chairman of the firm Otto Bock HealthCare.
This German industrial group is specialized into medical technology to improve the mobility of disabled people and is an official partner of the 2012 Paralympics Games in London. 2nd exclusive sponsor of the Paralympic Games, inventor of the famous C-Leg, Otto Bock HealthCare supports the Games both as a manufacturer and a supplier.
The Prize will be given during a ceremony in the presence of Mr Klaus Wowereit, Governor-mayor of Berlin,  Christophe Viellard, president of the Henokiens association, and François Saint Bris, president of Château du Clos Lucé and all the members of the Henokiens association.


The First Leonardo da Vinci Prize

In its first year, 2011, in recognition of Leonardo da Vinci’s motherland the Leonardo da Vinci Prize was awarded to an Italian company in the fashion and luxury goods industry.

Salvatore Ferragamo

The first Leonardo da Vinci Prize was awarded to the Salvatore Ferragamo company, embodied and represented by three generations: Mrs Wanda Ferragamo, Honorary President of the Ferragamo group, her daughter Giovanna Ferragamo, Vice President, and her grandson James Ferragamo, Director of the Women’s Leather Goods Department.
Today the Ferragamo company is 83 years old, has a turnover of 782 million euros, employs 670 staff and has 580 prestigious boutiques all over the world.In 1917 Salvatore Ferragamo settled in the United States. With his talent and genius, combined with his imagination and incredible creativity, he charmed the Hollywood stars such as Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner and Judy Garland.
In 1928,Salvatore Ferragamo returned to his native country and set up a company in Florence, reaffirming his attachment to Italy and Tuscany, his preferred region, and his commitment to the leather goods industry by creating jobs, a factory and a skills base there.

Purchased in 1938 by Salvatore Ferragamo, the Palazzo Spini Feroni in via Tornabuoni is one of the oldest palazzi in Florence. This magnificent 13th century medieval noble’s residence became the company headquarters, with a showroom, a boutique and a splendid museum opened in 1995 to tell the story of the brand, the corporate culture and the company’s products.During the 1930s and 40s, the endlessly curious Salvatore Ferragamo, obsessed with innovation, came up with a new style and designed unique footwear, experimenting during the wartime leather shortage with modest materials such as cork, cellophane and nylon fishing line to make invisible sandals.In 1960, following the death of Salvatore Ferragamo, with courage and determination his wife Mrs Wanda Ferragamo took over running the family business to continue and pass on the legacy of her husband, his work and the brand expertise.Thanks to her passion and energy, her strength of character and her iron determination, the company went from strength to strength in the footwear and leather goods industry, diversifying into ready-to-wear fashion, accessories, scarves and perfumes, and even entering the luxury hotel industry.
Wanda Ferragamohas written several accounts in memory of her husband and for her children and grandchildren about their life and their amazing adventure in industry guided by their laudable virtues and the family values they inherited from their parents in southern Italy. She has been remarkably successful in passing on to the second and third generations of the family the precious legacy of her message instilling values.
Her children and grandchildren have now taken up the torch from her to run Ferragamo, which has become a top luxury brand, and to take the company onwards to new heights.
Through its history and that of the people who run the company, Ferragamo is a perfect embodiment and illustration of vision and commitment in the service of a tradition, a profession and a region, and of the ability to pass on its own culture and technology, while demonstrating innovation and modernity and successfully forging a worldwide reputation.