Dundee Precious Metals has won the most generous donor award from the Bulgarian Donors Forum for donations of 2.28 per cent of profit before tax.
The company won the award in the category, “the largest voume of financial donations”.
The awards, handed over at a ceremony by President Rossen Plevneliev, also included “the greatest contribution in voluntary work by employees” which went to Mobiltel and UniCredit Bulbank, “largest volume in non-financial donations” which went to Danone, largest financial donation, to Aurubis, best donor programme, to Postbank, most transparent donation programme, to Raiffeisen Bank, best partnership, to Telenor and the World of Maria.
Philanthropy and volunteerism have an integral moral, social and educational role, Plevneliev said at the ceremony.
He said that in 2014, Bulgaria had been hit by an unprecedented series of emergencies such as floods and many men, women and children being forced to flee their homes and homelands to seek refuge and support in Bulgaria.
“In these difficult times we have seen that mission possible, a mission, bringing together public institutions, NGOs, companies, volunteers to answer the call of humanity and reach out to support those in need, to give hope,” Plevneliev said.
Congratulating the winners, he said that voluntary work is now an integral part of companies’ strategies for corporate social responsibility.
“A successful and sustainable business model can not be developed in isolation from the social processes in society. Corporate social responsibility contributes to more solidarity and justice in society,” he said.
Volunteering develops the active engagement of employees, build their experiences, and has an impact on their sense of belonging and social significance, the President said, emphasising that there is no greater satisfaction than that of contributing to the wellbeing of people and the society in which they live.