Winners of Media Competition 'Journalists for CSR 2019' Awarded

On February 18, the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG) awarded the winners of media competition - “Journalists for Corporate Social Responsibility 2019”. The competition was held within the framework of the “Georgian Civil Society Sustainability Initiative” funded by the European Union and co-funded by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, while the award ceremony was held at the Writer’s House in Tbilisi.

5 journalists were awarded for their works featuring CSR topics in the following categories:

  1. Best TV report: Manana Gigineishvili, First Channel -
  2. Best Radio coverage: – Nino Khugashvili, Radio Imedi -
  3. Best Online/printed article: Katie Ruth Davies, Georgia Today-
  4. Best multimedia, video material: Nino Vartapetiani, TV Borjomi
  5. Best blog: Marika Mchedlidze, Forbes Georgia -

The competition was announced earlier in 2019, while submissions were evaluated by an independent jury comprised of prominent journalists and CSR experts. A total of 36 materials were submitted by 33 journalists across Georgia.

Winners were awarded by contest organizers with monetary prizes (1,500 GEL). Company JTI (Japan Tobacco International) nominated two journalists – Shorena Labadze, (Kviris Palitra) and Vakhtang Daraselia (Fortuna) – who will attend the European Publishing Congress held in May 2020 in Vienna, an outstanding event with the participation of media professionals from all over the world discussing present challenges and achievements of media.

During the award ceremony, Eka Urushadze, executive director of the CSRDG, welcomed the guests: “The role of media is extremely important in the process of inculcating the concept of CSR and its right understanding in society. Therefore CSDRG counts multiple years of active work with central and regional media to raise awareness about CSR.”

Dominika Skubida, Attaché, Program Manager for Civil Society of European Delegation to Georgia stated: “Coverage of the Corporate Social Responsibility by media constitutes a far-reaching incentive for business for complying with human rights, labor and environmental standards, as well as for better addressing consumers’ needs and supporting socio-economic development.”

'Journalists for Corporate Social Responsibility' is the first competition of its kind, successfully implemented by CSRDG for the second year in a row. The purpose of the award is to promote active and accurate media coverage of CSR and raise awareness on the CSR concept and its understanding through media. The competition was preceded with a number of training and consultation meetings both with central as well as regional media. The competition is organized within the framework of the Georgian Civil Society Sustainability Initiative.

Since January 2017, a consortium led by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, in partnership with Georgian civil society organizations: Center for Strategic Research and Development (CSRDG), Civil Society Institute (CSI), Center for Training and Consultancy (CTC) and Education Development and Employment Center (EDEC), has been implementing the Georgian Civil Society Sustainability Initiative (CSSIGE) in order to address key challenges of the Georgian civil society sector.

The project is funded by the European Union and co-funded by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

The Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia which was established in 1995 has a successful multi-year experience in the field of civil sector development in Tbilisi as well as in the regions of Georgia. CSRDG has been focused on results that can improve the lives of individuals and societies in general. It was the first Georgian organization that prepared and published: the sustainability report in accordance with GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) sustainability reporting guidelines; the first Georgian-language textbook on CSR for higher educational institutions; and comprehensive analytical research on “Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Sector’s Role” (analysis and recommendations for the government of Georgia).

19 February 2020 13:10