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41 companies participate in Georgia’s Responsible Business Awards Meliora

This year the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG) launched the annual CSR excellence contest – Georgia’s Responsible Business Awards Meliora.

The Contest is organized in frames of the Georgian Civil Society Sustainability Initiative, funded by the European Union and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Even though the contest took place for the first time this year, the number of participants was very high, which shows the business sector’s big interest in CSR.

41 companies with 76 projects implemented in 2017-2018 have been nominated for Responsible Business Awards and they will compete with each other to win the nomination  of the most responsible business of the year. Meliora was open to companies of any size from around the country who could apply in 11 categories covering all of the main areas of Corporate Social Responsibility. The concept, categories, evaluation criteria and procedures of the Awards have been elaborated in cooperation with prominent European experts from leading CSR organizations (Pontis Foundation, Slovakia and Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, UK), with extensive experience in conducting CSR contests, which makes this Award scheme suited to the best international standards.

The independent jury consists of leading Georgian and international experts to ensure high credibility of the evaluation process. Each category is judged independently and the bar is set high. The names of Georgian jury will be announced during the Awards ceremony. International Jury consists of well-known international experts of CSR, including: Marianne Bogle, Executive Director of CSR Sweden; Elaine Cohen, who was named as one of Trust Across America’s top 100 Thought Leaders of Trustworthy business; Jacques Spelkens, CSR manager of Engie Group and other CSR professionals.

The Contest is supported by international and local business associations and Government of Georgia, including: Georgian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, World Wide Fund of Nature (WWF), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Business Association of Georgia (BAG) and others.

The Awards ceremony will take place on the 13th of December and will offer the unique opportunity to bring together, encourage and celebrate the most forward-thinking businesses and ambitious business professionals looking to move beyond mere considerations of business and profit, seeking to deliver transformational change in society and create more value within their organizations.

Information about implemented organization: Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia, which was established in 1995 has successful multi-year experience in the field of civil sector development in Tbilisi as well as in the regions of Georgia. CSRDG has been promoting Corporate Social Responsibility since 2004. It was the first local organization to start talking about the importance of corporate social responsibility (CSR) of business. CSRDG has since been actively working with both government agencies and directly with large and small business companies, media and higher education institutions in order to raise awareness and accessibility of expertise in the field.

About the project: The contest is organized in frames of the project – Georgian Civil Society Sustainability Initiative – implemented by a consortium led by Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation with for Georgian organizations: Civil Society Institute (CSI), Center for Strategic Research and development of Georgia (CSRDG), Center for Training and Consultancy (CTC), Education Development and Employment Center (EDEC). The project aims to improve operational environment for civil society in Georgia; empower CSOs, increase their accountability towards constituencies and amplify their linkages to other actors.  Georgian Civil Society Sustainability Initiative is funded by the European Union and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).