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BBLF Announced 2018 Responsible Business Awards Winners

February 27, 2019
BBLF Announced 2018 Responsible Business Awards Winners

BBLF announced finalists and winners of the prestigious 2018 Responsible Business Awards at a ceremony yesterday. A total of 111 corporate social good projects carried out by 73 companies, a record high number, competed in this country’s most established and prestigious CSR and sustainability contest.

The event gathered over 200 guests: senior executives of BBLF member companies, companies that had entered this year’s competition, jury members, NGOs and the media. The awards were handed out by Biser Petkov, Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Neno Dimov, Minister of Environment and Water, Aleksander Manolev, Deputy Minister of Economy, Denitsa Sacheva, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia, and Lynne Charles, Deputy Head of the British Embassy.

The Annual Responsible Business Awards, organised by the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum, for the 16th year aim to encourage and promote the private sector’s excellence and good practice in support of the environment, human capital, education, regional development  and the community at large. The Awards seek to recognize the most successful and impactful CSR projects providing a representative overview of local companies’ responsibility and sustainability excellence.

Attendees were able to see short resumes of all nominations in the six categories and were among the first ones to find out which of them were ranked first, second and third. Finalists were determined by an independent jury of renowned members of the business community, the government and non-government sector, academia and the media. The British Embassy in Sofia selects one of all entries that gets the special Engage Award in recognition of employees’ commitment to social good.

„This ceremony is clear evidence that we can produce some good news that bring about inspiration, energy, ideas and the faith that we can be successful in what we do in this country”, BBLF Board member Maria Shishkova said in her speech at the opening.

Aleksander Manolev, Deputy Minister of Economy, awarded finalists in the Investor in the Community category that had gathered the largest number of entries, 29. The title went for the second consecutive year to Raiffeisenbank and their Choose to Help campaign, a fundraiser for social good projects. LIDL Bulgaria ranked second with You and LIDL for a Better Life, a programme that supports civic organisations. SAP Bulgaria took the prestigious third place with their Robotics for Bulgaria initiative.

28 entries vied in the Investor in Knowledge category where awards were handed out by Denitsa Sacheva, Deputy Minister of Education and Science. The big winner is TechnoLogica with Techno Magic Land, an interactive children’s centre for science and technology. Two companies ranked second: SoftUni for their free programming basics courses and VMware for their Service Learning Accelerator. Telenor Bulgaria’s Safer Internet campaign earned the company  the third place.

The title in the Investor in the Environment category went to TELUS International Europe for their TELUS Days of Giving which in 2018 grew into a massive afforestation campaign. Zagorka and their Brewing a Better World responsibility campaign ranked second. CEZ Distribution got the third prize with a project that protects threatened bird species. Finalists in this category were greeted by Neno Dimov, Minister of Environment and Water. The three companies are also entitled to run for the European Business Awards for the Environment that BBLF coordinates in Bulgaria.

Biser Petkov, Minister of Labour and Social Policy handed out the prizes in the Investor in Human Capital and Working Conditions category where HPE Bulgaria ranked first with the Women Talents in Business: Incredible YOU project carried out in partnership with the Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria. Nestle Bulgaria ranked second with Nestle Needs YOUth; and Kaufland Bulgaria ranked third.

Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova announced winners in the Cause-Related Marketing category as follows: Billa Bulgaria won the big prize for its support for struggling couples with reproduction issues followed by CEZ Electro Bulgaria and their We Do Green campaign and Fantastico store chain for their No Child Should Grow Alone donation campaign.

The Best Social Policy of SME title went to Dundee Precious Metals Krumovgrad for their regional investment programme. BG Assist’s support for children and adults with visual disabilities ranked them second and Questers Bulgaria’s charity programme earned them the third prize. Deputy Economy Minister Aleksander Manolev was the first one to greet them.

BG Assist, a social enterprise, also won the special Engage Award for employee commitment to a social good project: each one of them devotes 20% of their working time to the visually impaired providing technical and software support, trainings and assistance. The winner got the statuette from Lynne Charles, Deputy Head of Mission of the British Embassy.

The event was hosted by Radinela Buserska, an anchor of Bulgaria on AIR TV.

The ceremony got media coverage by the likes of Bloomberg TV Bulgaria, Åconomy.bg, Bulgarian National TV, BTA, Manager News, your Business e-zine an many more.

A full list of winners is available here.

Silver sponsor: Philip Morris Bulgaria

Bronze sponsors: CEZ, Dundee Precious Metals Chelopech, J Point Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, VIVACOM and Zagorka

Partners: Vinex Preslav, Chivas

Media partners: Nova Broadcasting Group, Bloomberg Bulgaria TV, Åconomy.bg, Manager News, Your  Business, BNR, BNT, NGO.bg, BAPRA, BIA, BICA, BCCI.

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