The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce announced that the applications for the coveted Best Corporate Citizens award closed on 7 September 2011 and an independent evaluation panel is currently evaluating the entries to select the most deserving award winners.
The annual award intends to promote Strategic Corporate Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) among the Sri Lankan business sector.
The Chamber Secretariat also announced that from this year onwards the panel has decided to incorporate areas in the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) as part of the review process, thereby further improving the coverage of the award.
This year too the organisation will recognise outstanding CSR projects undertaken by private/public sector (government) entities in a vast range of activities.
Thus, five best CSR projects will be awarded while all projects that have achieved a high standard will receive certificates of merit.
The Chamber Secretariat is indeed pleased to have received many applications vying for this prestigious award, not only from the organizations that have been consistently applying for the awards for the past few years, but also from several newcomers.
Commenting on this, Alikie Perera, Deputy Secretary General of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce stated, “This is indeed testimony that more and more corporates in our country are getting increasingly involved in CSR activities and that they are actively promoting and making positive contributions to the societies in which they operate.
More over, the volume of applications that we have received this year affirms the ever increasing popularity of the Best Corporate Citizens award among the business community of the country.”
The Best Corporate Citizen Award 2011 will be held for the eighth consecutive year on 4 November 2011 at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo.