The Ten Best Corporate Citizens Awards 2007, a gala CSR awards ceremony organised by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), was held on November 29, 2007 at the Oak Room of the Cinnamon Grand Hotel.
This event was sponsored by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Sri Lanka and held in association with The World Conservation Union (IUCN) for the second year in succession. The objectives of these awards were to recognize efforts of the corporate sector in the context of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and to create a healthy competitive setting for promoting and encouraging CSR practices amongst the corporate sector. The awards were reviewed under five existing categories: Environment, Community Relations and Society, Employee Relations, Customer Relations, Economic Performance and a new category of Special Projects.
Mrs. Shiranee Yasaratne, IUCN Sri Lanka Country Representative was one of the adjudicators on the panel of judges. There were awards given for overall performance on all five categories with John Keels Holdings winning the best corporate citizens award with Nestle Sri Lanka and Sampath Bank bagging the first runner up and second runner up awards respectively. The special projects awards for disaster relief and health and nutrition were won by IUCN’s corporate partners, viz., Holcim Lanka and Dilmah Tea respectively. In addition, Holcim Lanka also received the Best Corporate Citizens Award under the environmental category.
The Chief Guest for the event, Honourable Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of Export Development and International Trade, speaking at the event emphasised the importance of businesses contributing towards environmental conservation objectives including addressing climate change impacts. The keynote speaker for the evening, Dr. J.J. Irani, former Managing Director Tata Steel and currently Director, Tata Sons shared the Tata Group’s experience with the concept of corporate sustainability as opposed to CSR. IUCN was proud to be associated with this prestigious event as it added impetus to the need for greening of businesses in Sri Lanka and working towards a triple bottom line scenario.