Every year the business magazine Capital and the WWF Germany award the title of Eco-Manager of the Year to outstanding business leaders who stand out for their contributions to the environment. The winners have shown that sustainable growth and profitability are not mutually exclusive, and have set forth goals within their organizations to conserve resources.

Stephan Wrage, as the inventor of SkySails and the company’s managing partner, received the special award as part of the Eco-Manager of the Year in 2008 in recognition of the persistence and persuasiveness he demonstrated in turning the SkySails idea into a ready-to-use product that delivers tremendous ecological benefits and value.