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116 Social Good Entries Vie for 2021 Annual Responsible Business Awards

February 17, 2022
116 Social Good Entries Vie for 2021 Annual Responsible Business Awards

80 companies across sectors lead by example in this most prominent national corporate citizenship and sustainability competition

116 social good entries are competing for the 2021 Annual Responsible Business Awards, this country’s most prominent corporate social responsibility and sustainability contest. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges and transformations it provoked entries to the 2021 edition of the Awards have seen a 4.5% increase on previous year. What is more, the number of entrants has also grown: 80 companies across sectors sent their nominations in the seven categories.   

The Awards that we at BBLF have organised for the 19th year in a row, is mottoed Lead by Example and aims to recognize and celebrate companies with purpose. The Awards are a high-profile platform that enables responsible businesses to share their successful social good campaigns, get recognition for their sustainability and boost their corporate citizenship reputation. The contest is open to all enterprises big and small across sectors, and free to enter.

„The Annual Responsible Business Awards are a tool for BBLF to champion businesses with purpose, the companies that put their mission and values into action. We believe their efforts and achievements deserve to be promoted among business peers and the general public. This is valid for all entrants. Certainly, the best campaigns will be celebrated by the expertjudging panel. What is more, their experience and impact will hopefully inspire the next generation of leaders to invest in social good”, BBLF Chair Levon Hampartzoumian says.

The 2021 Awards saw 116 entries, or a 4.5%  increase on 2020. The number of entrants has also risen: 80 companies, or 2.56% more than last year, with just half of them are BBLF members.

Investor in the Community is yet again the most competitive category with 34 entries (a slight increase on the previous year). Next is Investor in Knowledge with 19 nominations marking a decrease on 2020. The Investor in Human Capital and Working Conditions and the Cause-Related Marketing titles are each sought by 16 companies. The Investor in the Environment category sees a hike of interest with 15 entries, or more than two-fold more.  Seven campaigns were submitted in the Best Social Policy of SME category.

This year saw the launch of a new category Diversity at Work, part of BBLF’s effort as a launcher of the Bulgarian Diversity Charter to promote equality and social inclusion in workplaces. A total of 9 entries vie for the prominent recognition.   

„Companies and organisations play a major role in fostering a feeling of belonging and sharing common values. Diverse teams and inclusive workplaces are a source of creativity, innovation, satisfaction and excellence in performance. The  Diversity at Work Award is more than a recognition as winners will share their best practice and success stories which would motivate others, on the one hand, and contribute to building a fairer and more tolerant  society, on the other”, Levon Hampartzoumian says.

All 116 entries also compete for the special Engage Award that honours employee involvement in social good campaigns.

Champions in the seven categories are determined by an independent and balanced panel of judges featuring respected experts from the public sector, NGOs, academia, business and the media. Assessment criteria are as follows: specific benefits to the community; work in partnership with other stakeholders; employee involvement; consistency; innovation and public recognition.

Winners in all categories as well as finalists, ranked second and third will be announced at a formal award-giving ceremony to be held as long as the COVID-19 situation is eased, possibly in April 2021. At the event, all entries will be showcased, and their summaries will later get published on BBLF’s online CSR platform.

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Don’t miss the chance to get unique visibility for your brand, product or service by sponsoring the high-profile Annual Responsible Business Awards ceremony that convenes senior representatives of the business community, the public sector, diplomats and the media (sponsorship options).

Media partners: Bulgarian National Radio, Bloomberg TV, Еconomy.bg,  Bulgarian on Air TV, Manager, BGlobal, Your Business, Investor, Dev Styler, NGO.BG Info, Bulgarian Chamber of Trade and Industry, Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association.

Entries to the 2021 Responsible Business Awards submitted by:

Accenture Bulgaria, Amber Beauty Club, Asarel-Medet, AstraZeneca Bulgaria, Balkan Online Group, BAT Bulgaria, Behr-Hella Thermocontrol, BGAssist, BILLA Bulgaria, Blagodaria.bg, Bosch Engineering Centre Sofia, BRUM Scooters, BTL Industries, Bulgaria Sotheby's International Realty, ВULMAR ML, Bulmarket Group, Bulsatcom, Cargill Bulgaria, Carlsberg Bulgaria, Central Cooperative Union – Bulgaria (CCU-Bulgaria), CEZ Distribution Bulgaria, Ciela Norma, Citibank Bulgaria, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Bulgaria, Commetric, DataArt Bulgaria, Dentsu Bulgaria, dm Bulgaria, Dundee Precious Metals Chelopech, Dundee Precious Metals Krumovgrad, Edenred Bulgaria, Enco Vending Ltd, ENERGO-PRO Varna, Enterprise Services Bulgaria,  EVN Bulgaria, EVN Toplofikatsia, FANTASTICO GROUP, Gastronom.bg, Generali Insurance, Groupama Bulgaria, Gugushev & Partners Law Office, Hewlett Packard Global Delivery Bulgaria Centre, HP Inc. Bulgaria, Huawei Technologies Bulgaria, IBM Bulgaria, Ideal Standard – Vidima, Industrial & logistics park Burgas, Innovation Starter Box, Interlang, JTI Bulgaria, Kamenitza, KAUFLAND Bulgaria, Kozloduy NPP, Lidl Bulgaria, Lindström, L'Oreal Bulgaria, Mansion Technology & Operations Centre, Merck Sharp and Dohme Bulgaria, METRO Bulgaria, Musala Soft, Nestle Bulgaria, Neterra, NLP Bulgaria, Paysafe, Paysera Bulgaria, Postbank, PRESTIGE-96, Queisser Pharma Bulgaria, Questers, Servier, Simbula, SoftServe Bulgaria, Takeda Bulgaria, TELUS International Bulgaria, Transpress, UniCredit Bulbank, Vivacom, ZAGORKA