Winners of the EU-Supported ‘Meliora 2022’ Have Been Announced!
The forth award ceremony of ‘Georgia’s Responsible Business Awards – Meliora 2022’ supported by the European Union (EU) and Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), and implemented by the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG) was held on 30 May 2023.
An annual competition aimed at developing corporate responsibility in Georgia and promoting it throughout society, awards business companies for their best initiatives and projects contributing to the development of corporate social responsibility. As part of this event, the members of diplomatic corps and international experts presented awards to winners in various categories.
Eka Urushadze, Director of the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), stated: “it is important to make sustainable development and corporate sustainability an integral part of business operations. Business companies should consider corporate responsibility as a strategy for future development. It is becoming increasingly common for consumers, employees, and society to demand that companies take a more active role in addressing environmental, social, and cultural issues. In this regard, the competitions, such as Meliora, help businesses develop social and environmental projects and bring them to the attention of the public.”
250 people attended the awarding ceremony, including diplomats, Georgian government officials, local and international experts, and civil society and business representatives.
The winners were revealed and awarded in different categories of ‘Meliora 2022’:
- Category ‘Green Initiative’
Winner large company: Tegeta Holding, project ‘Tegeta for Environment”
Winner SME: “Biodiesel Georgia”, project ‘Biofuel from Waste – Clean Environment and Energy Independence’
- Category ‘Responsible Employer’
Winner large company: Majorel Georgia, project ‘Feel Good’
- Category ‘Supporting Communities’
Winner large company: APM Terminals Poti, project ‘APM Terminals for Poti’
Winner SME: Edena, project ‘Support for Demotivated Women’
- Category ‘Corss-Sector Partnership – Shared Responsibility
Winner SME: Qwerty, project ‘Supergmiri.ge support’
- Category ‘Transparency and Report on CSR and Corporate Sustainability’
Winner large company: TBC Bank, project ‘Sustainability Report 2021’
- Category ‘CSR Manager of the year’
Winner: Ana Kukhaleishvili, company ‘BIM Cube’
- Responsible SME of the year
This year’s jury for Meliora 2022 consisted of international (United Kingdom, Scotland, Ireland, Israel, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia and Hungary) as well as Georgian experts from public organizations and academic circles on a local and international level. The competition is supported by leading international organizations, business associations, governmental agencies, and media outlets.
Sponsors of Meliora 2022 are: Moore abc, Sarajishvili, Biltmore Tbilisi Hotel and Enagram.
About project: Meliora is organised with the support of the European Union (EU) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) funded project ‘Civil Society STAR Initiative: CSOs as Sustainable, Transparent, Accountable and Resilient Development Actors in 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).
About implementing organisation: The Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG) established in 1995 has successful 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 organisation 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); Toolkit about CSR for SMEs; developed the Corporate Responsibility Information HUB; and established Georgia’s Responsible Business Awards Meliora.
For further information please contact:
Salome Topuridze, CSRDG
(+995) 599 326 555