Prestigious prize awarded to Slovak companies

ON MAY 26, the Pontis Foundation held its fifth Via Bona Slovakia award ceremony, honouring charitable companies and individuals that form non-commercial cooperation with NGOs.

IGOR Thám, General Director of Citibank (Slovakia), Milan Filo (centre), Head of the Supervisory Board of Mondi Business Paper SCP and Sunil Sreenivasan, General Director of Citigroup for Central Europe (right).
photo: Courtesy of Pontis

ON MAY 26, the Pontis Foundation held its fifth Via Bona Slovakia award ceremony, honouring charitable companies and individuals that form non-commercial cooperation with NGOs.

An eight-member jury evaluated 51 nominations and awarded five prizes, two honorary acknowledgements, and one special prize.

The Manna Agency and mobile operator Orange received the main awards in the categories of small and big companies, respectively. Both were awarded for their responsible business strategies. Shell Slovakia received the prize for long-term partnership, thanks to its project supporting the micro-businesses of disadvantaged women.

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer Luxembourg SARL received an award for supporting an innovative project focussed on improving the position of Roma women. Roof tiles producer Bramac was also awarded.

One of the honorary acknowledgements went to Milan Filo, a businessman who supported the construction of an operation tract in a hospital in Southern Sudan. The other went to Trend weekly for media input. Slovak Telecom received a prize for socially responsible cooperation between the private and public sectors.

The Via Bona Slovakia Award was established in 1998 to honour outstanding examples of corporate citizenship by Slovak business people and companies for philanthropic work within their communities.

The main goal of the award is to motivate corporations and individuals to support charitable and public benefit activities in their communities, education, the protection of human rights, environmental protection, social assistance and the protection of cultural heritage and traditions.

The Pontis Foundation was established in 1997 as a successor to the American Foundation for a Civil Society.

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