On 19th May 2021, the online award ceremony of ‘Georgia’s Responsible Business Awards Meliora 2020’ will take place. The focus of Meliora 2020 is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Meliora is organized 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). Winners already have been selected by an independent jury consisting of leading Georgian and international experts from the United Kingdom, Austria, Israel, 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 will be awarded in four categories for the initiatives in response to Covid-pandemic: Supporting employee; Supporting clients, customers, and suppliers; Supporting society /communities; Supporting SMEs and most suffered industries. About Awards ‘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 nationwide award was launched in 2018 and is held with the partnership of International and local expert organizations and business platforms. During these 3 years, different business companies of all sizes 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 https://meliora.ge/ka Support The Contest is supported by international and local business associations and the Government of Georgia, including the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia; Academy of the Ministry of Finance; Service for Accounting, Reporting and Auditing Supervision; Embassy of Austria in Georgia; Embassy of Hungary in Georgia; Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia; Embassy of Sweden in Georgia; Embassy of Italy in Georgia; German Business Association (DWV); Chamber of Commerce and Industry France-Georgia (CCIFG); World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF); EU-Georgia Business Council (EUGBC); Georgian Business Association (BAG); Georgian Microfinance Association; Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry; European Business Association (EBA); International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); Georgian Tourism Association (GTA). The sponsor for Georgia’s Responsible Business Award “Meliora 2020” is Moore ABC.
“Civil Society STAR Initiative”: Meliora 2020 is held in the frameworks of the European Union and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) funded project ‘Civil Society STAR Initiative: CSOs as Sustainable, Transparent, Accountable and Resilient Development Actors in Georgia’. The aim of the project is to strengthen civil society as an independent, sustainable, transparent, and accountable development actor across Georgia. The project is implemented by the Consortium led by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and composed of the following CSOs: Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Civil Society Institute (CSI), Center for Training and Consultancy (CTC), Education Development and Employment Center (EDEC), and Institute for European Politics (IEP).
‘The Civil Society STAR Initiative’ builds on the experience and lessons learned of the EU-supported action ‘Georgian Civil Society Sustainability Initiative’ (CSSIGE 2017-2020).
About implementing organization: Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia which was established in 1995 has successful multi-year experience in the field of civil sector development in Tbilisi as well as in the regions of Georgia. CSRDG has been focused on results that can improve the lives of individuals and societies in general. It was the first Georgian organization that prepared and published: the sustainability report in accordance with GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) sustainability reporting guidelines; the first Georgian-language textbook on CSR for higher educational institutions; and comprehensive analytical research on “Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Sector’s Role” (analysis and recommendations for the Government of Georgia).