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CSR: Slovak companies receive awards from non-profit foundation

RESPONSIBILITY towards employees, but also towards society and the environment, is slowly becoming a natural part of doing business in Slovakia. For 10 years the Pontis Foundation has been presenting its Via Bona awards to those companies who act responsibly while doing business. At the recent Via Bona Awards ceremony for work in 2010, original projects with strong stories behind them were honoured, according to Petra Nagyová, the foundation's PR manager.

RESPONSIBILITY towards employees, but also towards society and the environment, is slowly becoming a natural part of doing business in Slovakia. For 10 years the Pontis Foundation has been presenting its Via Bona awards to those companies who act responsibly while doing business. At the recent Via Bona Awards ceremony for work in 2010, original projects with strong stories behind them were honoured, according to Petra Nagyová, the foundation's PR manager.

Spišská Nová Ves-based company Embraco Slovakia scored twice: it received the Award for Long-Term Positive Corporate Impact for its project to support the maternity department at the local hospital over 12 years, and an honourable mention for its exemplary approach to citizens during the floods that hit the region last year.

“We cancelled some shifts and let employees go home and stay with their families in the tough situation," Norbert Brath of Embraco said, adding that employees were still paid their normal wages.

The Main Award for Large Corporations went to Orange Slovakia for its comprehensive approach to responsible business, while the Award for Socially Responsible Market Operations went to Tatra Banka.

The Award for Responsible Approach to Employees was granted to Orion Nova, a company which employs young people who have grown up in orphanages, a project which was started two years ago by the Dutch boss of the company, Iwan Hoffmans.


Laureates of Via Bona 2010:

Main Award for Large Corporations, for comprehensive approach to CSR: Orange Slovensko

Main Award for Small and Medium Enterprises, for implementation of CSR principles: Nera Networks

Honourable Mention, for personal involvement of employees and enthusiasm in going their own way towards responsible business: Martinus

Green Award, for an environment-related project: ENVI-PAK

Award for Socially Responsible Market Operations: Tatra Banka

Honourable Mention, for taking measures and creating standards to increase transparency in the pharmaceutical industry: GlaxoSmithKline Slovakia

Award for Responsible Approach to Employees: ORION NOVA

Honourable Mention, for exemplary approach to employees during floods: Embraco Slovakia

Award for Long-Term Positive Corporate Impact on Society and the Surrounding Community: Embraco Slovakia

Award for Courage to Support a Difficult Topic: Creative Department

Award for Employee Engagement in Volunteer Activities: RWE IT Slovakia

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