The Winners of Meliora 2020 Were Announced
On 19th May 2021, the online award ceremony of ‘Georgia’s Responsible Business Awards Meliora 2020’ took place. The focus of Meliora 2020 was Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Meliora was organised for the third time by the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), with the support of the European Union and Konrad-Adenaer-Stiftung (KAS).
Quote of EU Representative:
Eka Urushadze, director of Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia emphasized the importance of the social responsibility in business: “These unprecedented times responsible business is more important than ever. To support businesses at these difficult times we have decided to dedicate Meliora 2020 to highlighting the projects and initiatives implemented by companies in frames of their corporate responsibility in response to Covid 19 crisis.”
Winners were selected by independent jury consisting of leading Georgian and international experts from United Kingdom, Austria, Israel and Slovakia. The jury evaluated nominees based on the consistency and effectiveness of their effort, sustainability of the results and proper design of the initiatives.
The winners were awarded in four categories for the initiatives in response of Covid-pandemic:
Supporting employees during Covid pandemic
- Winner large company – BDO, project “Manoeuvring in a new reality – BDO’s virtual office”
- Winner small and medium size company – MBC, project “Supporting employees during Covid-19 pandemic
Supporting clients, customers and suppliers during Covid pandemic
- Winner large company – GPI Holding, project “Complete online insurance service
Supporting society /communities during Covid pandemic
- Winner large company – Bank of Georgia, project “Supporting education during online studies”
- Winner small and medium company – Fair Trees, project “Supporting Society during Covid-19 pandemic”
Supporting SMEs and most suffered industries during Covid pandemic
- Winner large company – terabank, project “Supporting business clients”
- Winner small and medium size company – Onesoft, project “SME – funding project OneSoft supporting small and medium business”
‘Georgia’s Responsible Business Awards Meliora’ provides the business community a chance to promote their efforts in CSR and gain recognition for best practices. A nation-wide awards was launched in 2018 and is held with the partnership of International and local expert organizations and business platforms. During this 3 years different business companies of all size participated in the project with over 200 CSR projects. Meliora – is a most recognizable effort to promote and strengthen the CSR commitment among businesses; attract attention to excellent examples of CSR projects; encourage and motivate companies to adopt best practices and become role models for others; and finally to demonstrate that a responsible business, aiming to be a force for good, by creating healthy communities and a healthy environment, achieves long-term financial value and commercial success as a result.
The detailed information about Meliora 2020 can be found on www.meliora.ge
The Awards was supported by international and local business associations and Government of Georgia, including: Academy of the Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia; Embassy of Sweden in Georgia; Embassy of Austria in Georgia; Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia; Embassy of Hungary in Georgia; CENN; Chamber of Commerce and Industry France-Georgia (CCIFG); Georgian Business Association (BAG); Georgian Microfinance Association; Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry; German Business Association (DWV); European Business Association (EBA); EU-Georgia Business Council (EUGBC); International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); Service for Accounting, Reporting and Auditing Supervision; World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF); Georgian Tourism Association (GTA).
Sponsor for Georgia's Responsible Business Award "Meliora 2020" was Moore ABC.