Billabong receives 2011 'Leaders of Change award'
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 October, 2011 : - - Billabong has been handed a major international award for having a social conscience. Chief executive Derek O'Neill accepted the 2011 'Leaders of Change award' for Billabong at a ceremony held at the United Nations in New York Thursday. Billabong was one of 11 recipients described by the Foundation for Social Change as 'visionary, inspirational leaders' who 'engage in initiatives that solve social problems'.
The company has been at the cutting edge of a number of environmental initiatives and is understood to be the first Australian company to receive the Leaders of Change award. A spokesman for Billaboing said social and environmental considerations were 'culturally important to our market'. 'It's great that our efforts are being recognised through one of the United Nations partner programs," the spokesman said.
The awards recognise companies that are making efforts to find real solutions to everyday problems. Other recipients of the 2011 award included Marks & Spencer, Philips and Unilever. UN spokesman Roland Rich said the aim was to recognise "the creativity, technology and resources that the private sector brings to our collective efforts in solving social problems".
About the Foundation for Social Change
The Foundation for Social Change was formed to help direct the resources of the private enterprise sector to solve social problems. This is done by providing education and programs that drive involvement in the ‘how to’ of social change, and the social innovation that is required to implement real actionable ideas. With businesses looking to develop new products and services that will build their bottom line, this new culture has also generated more opportunity. Companies can now expand their market base by adopting a new approach to business – one that is more social-benefit.
Global Conference for Social Change
The Foundation for Social Change and United Nations present the Global Conference for Social Change – Turning Social Responsibility Into Business Opportunity. In partnership with the United Nations, the Global Conference for Social Change is a dynamic platform designed to showcase how corporations and non-governmental agencies develop business opportunities through social and environmental problem-solving.
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• Guest Speakers include: Cherie Blair of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary General of UN Women, Amir Dossal, Chairman, Global Partnerships Forum, and John Paul DeJoria, Co-Founder, Paul Mitchell, Patron Spirits, JPSelects.com
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October 5 – 6, 2011
NYU Stern School of Business
New York, NY
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