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International Business Awards: Incorporating Social Responsibility Into Company Business Plans

International Business Awards:  Incorporating Social Responsibility Into Company Business Plans
From left, Tropik Wood Industries Limited Executive Chairman Faiz Khan, Vodafone’s Head of Enterprise Development Antonia Kitione, Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum, and Investment Fiji chief executive officer Godo Mueller-Teut during the 2016 International Business Awards. Photo: Investment Fiji
September 14
11:34 2017

One of the 12 categories of the 2017 Prime Minister’s International Business Awards is the Socially Responsible Business of the Year Awards recognising organisations who have made meaningful contributions towards the prosperity of communities they operate in.

Chief executive officer, Godo Mueller-Teut said more should be done to ensure Fijian businesses incorporate social responsibility into their business plans.

“Being socially responsible will ensure sustainability and inclusivity at the heart of any business model.

“We would like to urge the corporate sector to think beyond their balance sheets and make a difference in the society.

“A simple act of kindness towards a community will certainly a long way in prosperity of the nation,” Mr Mueller-Teut said.

The Socially Responsible Business of the Year Award will recognise a company that has demonstrated a positive, sustainable and societal impact as part of their responsible business journey.

The proud sponsors of the category, Tropik Wood Industries Limited said the Prime Minister’s International Business Awards is an excellent platform to recognise the efforts of businesses that are helping Fiji’s economy prosper.

“Tropik Wood sponsored the awards because everything about our business is related towards Corporate Social Responsibility.

“The involvement of our landowners in our business; the partnership with our workers; the focus on sustainability as plantations take 22 years to mature; the long term perspective is part of our DNA geared towards social responsibility,” said the executive chairman, Faiz Khan.

Vodafone Fiji’s ATH Foundation was recognised for their years of efforts in giving something back to the community last year.

Chief commercial officer, Ronald Prasad says being recognised has given the company more exposure as it continues to advocate the importance giving back in a sustainable manner.

“We are well positioned to continue to actively engage in societal activities that bring about youth empowerment, sustainable development and breathe positive change. Vodafone Fiji leads the way and in the process, encourages other businesses to engage,” Mr Prasad said.

Potential applicants are urged to visit www.iba.org.fj to find out more and apply for the Awards.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

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