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Title:The 2012 Solidaritest winners
Date of publishing:June 05, 2012
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The 2012 Solidaritest winners
June 05, 2012

On May 30th, theannual awards ceremony Solidaritest took place. Solidaritest is a contest of the Red Cross, in collaboration with Forum ETHIBEL, Vigeo, HEC Ecole de Gestion de l'Université de Liège, Vlerick Management School, the Fédération des entreprises de Belgique, the Centre for Economics and Ethics at the KULeuven, Channel Z, Trends, the Belgian Business Network for Corporate Social Responsibility and Sectorlink, where the social commitments of companies are compared. Winners are those companies that score the highest ratings in a number of criteria of social solidarity. In addition, the most notable best practices are rewarded; these are concrete projects with innovative approaches.

This year too, Forum ETHIBEL was part of the ten member jury. The winners were chosen based on a methodology that measures and compares internal and external solidarity and simultaneously has an eye for the entire policy on Corporate Social Responsibility.

The three nominees for the Solidaritest Company Award were Inter Partner Assistance, Microsoft and SWIFT, Microsoft was designated as the winner. BDO, Mars Belgium and Rossel/Les oeuvres du Soir were honored in the Best Practices Awards.


Winners Solidaritest Company Awards


Microsoft (information and communication technology):

In 2011, Microsoft donated over 17 million Euros worth in gifts. Through their partner SOCIALware, they also distributed free software to nearly 3,000 non-profits. Furthermore, they actively took part in various events, fund raisers etc. All Microsoft employees also have a right to three days off every year for their voluntary work.


Swift (financial telecommunication):

Swift donated over 500,000 Euros in support of projects such as United Fund for Belgium, face for Children in need, the Red Cross etc. They’re also involved in solidarity events, volunteer’s work en fund raisers.


Inter Partner Assistance (insurance/assistance):

IPA gave financial support to projects concerning healthcare and children, both domestically and abroad. The company also employs a relatively large percentage of staff from different cultural backgrounds. It encourages employees to participate in social and humanitarian projects.



Winners best Practices Awards


Mars Belgium (food company):

Mars Belgium organized the project “Rice for Africa”: initially, employees could take part in a breakfast or lunch at work, with proceeds going to the initiative.  But it wasn’t long before they started setting up their own dinner parties. The money raised was spent on 23,2 tons of rice for Kenia, distributed by the Kenian Red Cross.


Rossel (press agency):

This press agency, which includes, among others, Le Soir and the Sudpresse papers, annually organizes various initiatives for the less fortunate:

    Saint –Nicolas du Soir: a St. Nicholas-party for disadvantaged children.

    Tombola du Soir: a raffle in aid of handicapped children and adults.

    Les oeuvres du Soir: several projects in aid of the elderly.


BDO (financial services):

This company, specialized in auditing, accountancy and financial advice, organized a different initiative for each of its nine seats, in aid of several charities, including Jokko-Togo, VOC Rozenweelde and the Red Cross.


The full report on Solidaritest 2012 has been published on