The "greenest" companies in Bulgaria received awards
On 19.06.2012 officially awarded were the winners in the campaign for green business - "Green Bulgaria". Winner among the mid-sized companies were the cosmetics company "Aroma" for its initiative "The forest of Aroma". For the second time the competition is organized by the Ministry of Environment and Water under the Operational Programme "Environment".
For the campaign this year 30 companies applied, 9 of which received awards. The winners were divided into three categories - large, medium and small businesses. A special prize was also awarded, reports iNews.bg.
First prize in the category for large companies received the mining company "Asarel - Medet" for its reforestation projects and the elimination of illegal dumpsites. Second is the telecommunication operator "Globul" for the "Globul Green" project. The company announced that already 40.5% of their customers have abandoned paper invoices. Third was the mining company "Elacite Med" with its project for planting 30 acres of forest from 2011 to 2013.
The Minister of Environment and Water Nona Karadzhova, who presented the awards in the category, said that it is not a coincidence that two of the winning companies are engaged in the mining business. This is because they not only comply with the environmental standards, but take voluntary actions of conservation, as well.
The winner among the mid-sized companies was the cosmetics company "Aroma" for its initiative "The forest of Aroma". The manufacturer donates 5% of the sales of its Green Line series to the Green Bulgaria fund. 52 acres of forest were adopted with the resources in the Gabrovo mountain for a period of 25 years. The second place was for "Vest TV" for broadcasting its "Eco News", "Ekoarena" and "Green Line" programs. Third prize in the category took the manufacturer of notebooks "Multiprint" for the introduction of a system for tracing back its wood.
Vice-Premier Simeon Djankov, who gave the awards in this category, explained that with his assumption of the office he has set several goals beyond the financial tasks. Two of them have already been fulfilled – the ban for smoking indoors and taking action to eliminate plastic bags.
In the category of small business, the first prize went to the company for stationary "Roel 98" for supporting the activities of the environmental organization WWF for conservation and restoration of forests in 10 natural parks. The second place was held by consulting company "Piazza Italy" for organizing and conducting campaigns and events on the topics of nature conservation. In the campaign “Green office weeks” for example, 15 000 employees have taken part.
"You do not have to be big to be green," said Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Delian Dobrev, who presented the awards in this category.
The special award went to the "St. George" University Hospital in Plovdiv for construction of parks.
The conditions which the companies had to meet in order to participate in the competition were the green project to be realized and financed entirely by the company, not to be directly related to its activities and to be on a large scale and long-term.
The jury evaluating the companies consisted of the Rector of the University of Forestry in Sofia Veselin Brezin, the President of the Bulgarian Association for Alternative Tourism Lyubomir Popyordanov, writer Kalin Terziyski, actress Stefania Koleva and the singer Beloslava.