GLOBUL won the first prize in the Business Organizations category in the 2013 Volunteer Initiative contest, organized by the Tulip Foundation and the National Aliance for Volunteer Action. The company was awarded for its annual National Nature Parks Day inniative, held jointly with the international environmental organization WWF.
‘We are delighted that this year our efforts towards environmental protection were once again appraised by the society, as they are not a single act but part of our long-term environmental strategy GLOBUL Green. We supported the campaign for cleaning national parks for a fifth consecutive year, providing financial and logistic support for the project. It’s an honor for us that now more volunteers, even company’s empoyees, join the initiative. We hope that in the future the campaign will continue to expand its scope.’ – commented at the official award ceremony Iva Karaivanova, Corporate Responsibility Specialist at GLOBUL.
The National Nature Parks Day initiative is aimed at conserving and cleaning of the 11 Bulgarian nature parks, which represent the country’s biggest preserved territory. The campaign also has an educational goal as it aims to encourage responsible attitude towards nature and protection of the environment.
This year’s campaign of GLOBUL and WWF was held under the Do Not Create New Species motto and showed how waste disposed in the wild nature could become a new kind of species that leaves its long term impact on the native flora and fauna in the area. Thanks to the initiative, in each of the 11 nature parks volunteers built specific infrastructure to help preserve them, and collected over 16 tons of waste. Since the beginning of the project so far, nearly 13,000 volunteers have participated in it and have collected more than 60 tons of waste.
The 2013 Volunteer Initiative contest honors the Bulgaria’s most interesting and effective volunteer projects. This year the contest nominated 55 initiatives from across the country, held by NGOs, informal associations, business companies, schools and individuals.