On February 23, 2018, Rooms Tbilisi hotel hosted Corporate Social Responsibility Award Ceremony. Initiated by CSR club and Global Compact Network Georgia, the CSR award competition was held in Georgia for the first time. 16 companies submitted 23 projects, which were evaluated by the independent and impartial jury consisting of national as well as international level professionals. As a result of the evaluations, three winner companies were named in three nominations:
Nomination: The Best Project in the Area of Human Rights
- Winner: APM TERMINALS POTI – Poti Seaport
- Project: Trainings for truck drivers on road safety issues
In 2017, as part of UN Global Security Week, Poti Seaport launched large-scale project with the participation of 2279 truck drivers. The company shows high level of responsibility and is committed to maintain a safe and healthy workplace for employees and contractors, as well as safe living environment for the population of Georgia.
- Winner: Natakhtari
- Project: Effective wastewater treatment procedure
Within the framework of the project, the company runs high standard wastewater treatment technology, – a biological waste water treatment plant which processes the wastewater produced throughout the entire industrial cycle.
In addition, in 2016-2017, the company carried our trainings and awareness raising activities on wastewater treatment for the employees, local communities and other interested stakeholders. The company staff has also been involved in the tree planting project around the premises of the Natakhtari facility. The annual wastewater treatment facility utilization costs amount to 400 000 GEL.
Nomination: Successful Partnership for Sustainable Development (project jointly implemented by business and noncommercial partner)
- Winner: m2
- Project: Restoration of Mtatsminda Forest
The project aims to restore the burnt part of Mtatsminda forest and plant 3000 trees. The company will be financing a care costs for plants for 3 years. Jointly with partner non-governmental organizations the company is launching conflagration prevention campaign at public schools. The disaster risks reduction related project is being implemented at residential complexes of the company.
CSR Award Appraisal Committee consisted of 10 members:
Erika Kvapilova UN Women Country Representative in Georgia
George Welton – Executive Director of American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham)
Yvonne Gogoll -Attaché, Thematic Sector Coordinator, Human Rights, Justice and Home Affairs, EU Delegation in Georgia
Natalia Jaliashvili – Head of Human Rights Secretariat of the Administration of the Government of Georgia
Marcel Engel- Executive Director, Global Compact Network Germany
Eka Lomtatidze – Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law Processor at Free University.