European CSR Award to hold its first edition in 2013

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European CSR Award, an unique opportunity for Romanian companies to contribute to the development of CSR good practices in Europe, will have its 1st edition in 2013.

The excellence in CSR will be celebrated with a pan-European awards scheme, a program financed by European Union, that wants to offer a better visibility to European good practives in corporate social responsibility.

Coordinated by CSR Europe and Business in the Community (BITC), the program will be implemented in Europe by a consortium including 29 national CSR organizations. In Romania, the competition is organized by Forum for International Communications, through CSR Romania.

The new awards scheme brings in the spotlight the best practices in CSR in Europe, that develop long-term partnerships with different co-interested groups, offering a better visibility for hidden champions, especially small and medium companies. I consider social responsibility is the solution for a competitive Europe, innovative and inclusive from social point of view

Antonio Tajani

Vice-President European Commission

European CSR Award will focus mainly on successful partnerships between companies and non-profit stakeholders. This is an innovative concept in the European CSR awards environment, that normally targets traditional CSR projects, initiated and made in-house.

The competition focuses on innovation, leadership and partnership, differentiating this way from other projects existent in Europe that recognize excellency in CSR.

European CSR Award offer to the ones that apply the unique opportunity to celebrate the partnership institution both at national and European level. No matter the size of the business, competition’s jury will appreciate the projects that are differentiating through innovation, leadership and that manage to develop consistent relations and durable partnerships with at least one stakeholder outside the business spectrum.

Raiffeisen Bank Romania, Avon Romania and Ursus Breweries are among the first partners of the new competition.

Contest categories are small and medium companies and big companies.

The judging process will take place between March 1st – April 15th, taking in consideration the performance criteria of  British in the Community (BITC). The Romanian finalists will be announced during an event that will be organized in April 2013 in Bucharest and will be invited to participate to European CSR Award Ceremony, an event organized by European Commission in Bruxelles, in June 2013.

The entries for European CSR Award are free and the deadline to enter the competition is March 1st 2013. General information on the competition are available on www.europeancsrawards.eu, while the entries in the national competition can be made here

The media partners of the European CSR Award in Romania are Hotnews, Wall-Street, IQAds, Smark and PR Romania.