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Small companies, big heart. Omega Telecom, TII, Footprints are Energy Chamber CSR finalists

Port of Spain, Trinidad - When we think of corporate social responsibility, our minds usually turn to large companies and their roles in promoting good governance, transparency, accountability, fostering community development, sustaining the environment or even their commitment to impacting on individual lives.

However, for this year’s annual CSR Leadership Awards the Energy Chamber and TSTT will celebrate SMEs who have incorporated CSR into their short, medium and long term business strategies.

On Friday, November 12 Omega Telecom, Tourism Intelligence International (TII) and the Footprints Eco Resort and Spa will vie for the SME category of the Energy Chamber’s prestigious 2010 CSR Leadership award.

“People tend to associate corporate giving or responsibility as something mainly large companies take part in,” said Gervon Abraham, Manager of External Relations and Government Affairs with TSTT. “Small and medium-sized enterprises can be just as effective – and in many cases are more innovative – in playing a positive role in society, community and the natural environment.”

Bmobile, itself a major contributor to youth, sport and culture, is sponsoring the SME category of the Energy Chamber awards: “We chose to sponsor this award precisely because the philanthropic work of SMEs needs to be highlighted, as well as to encourage more organisations of this size to take part in such activities,” Mr Abraham added. “Our philosophy is that companies have an obligation to the communities in which they operate and we want to see like-minded firms rewarded and promoted for their efforts.”

Omega Telecom – a small, family-run business (and winners of the 2009 CSR award) – operates in the area of renewable energy. TII is an international consultancy that provides innovative solutions to the travel and tourism industry, including the promotion of “responsible tourism” and emphasizing community involvement. Footprints is a Tobago-based eco resort and spa that has states as one of their imperatives “preservation and protection of the environment.”

The Energy Chamber’s annual CSR Leadership Awards recognise companies and their partners that have carried out highly successful CSR initiatives over the last 18 months.

 

 

“CSR is no longer just about being good, managing the public image, or improving products,” said Energy Chamber CEO Dr Thackwray Driver. “Sustainability and efficiency initiatives save costs and increase the value of the company.”

The awards ceremony will be held on November 12 at the Grand Ballroom, Trinidad Hilton and Conference Centre.