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CSR Projects Applying for International Award Evaluated in Sofia

May 11, 2006
CSR Projects Applying for International Award Evaluated in Sofia

Sixteen representatives of private and nongovernmental organisations evaluated together in Sofia projects nominated for the international Alcan Prize for Sustainability worth 1 million US dollars. BBLF organized the daylong panel in partnership with the International Business Leaders Forum of Prince of Wales (IBLF). Apart from the UK, Bulgaria is the only European country where Alcan nominated projects are being evaluated. 

The Alcan Prize for Sustainability is given each year to non-profit, non-governmental, and civil society organizations working actively in favour of society. The main activities on coordinating the contest, receiving and evaluating the applicant initiatives and selecting the finalists is carried out by IBLF to which BBLF is associated. The Alcan Prize project manager, Ms. Leesa Muirhead moderated the panel in Sofia that was locally hosted by Mr. Maxim Behar, BBLF Chairman.


In his address to the participants Mr. Behar expressed his satisfaction with the fact that Bulgaria was the first non-EU country on this continent to host such a panel.


The jury included experts from the areas of business, education and the non-governmental sector. Among the evaluators in Sofia were Nikolai Bozhilov from Unimasters Logistics Group, Elitsa Barakova from Bulgarian Charity Aid Foundation, Krassimir Ganchev from ProWave and John Ayerst from New I who evaluated projects from North and Latin America and Asia.


The Alcan Prize is established and its funding provided by the international leader in aluminium production Alcan, but the company but has entrusted the world's leading proponents of sustainable development with deciding who the winner is.