GreenPak scoops pres­ti­gious Sus­tain­able En­ter­prise Award

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GreenPak Coop So­ci­ety won first prize in the sec­ond edi­tion of the Sus­tain­able En­ter­prise Awards. The co­op­er­a­tive was awarded this prize for its pop­u­lar and en­gag­ing ‘Nir­riċikla għall-Ist­rina’ cam­paign.

Malta’s largest waste re­cov­ery scheme was pre­sented with the cov­eted hon­our by the Min­is­ter for the Econ­omy, Investment and Small Busi­ness, Dr Chris Car­dona. The min­istry to­gether with Cleaner Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre from the Univer­sity of Malta are the main or­gan­is­ers. GreenPak CEO Ing. Mario Schem­bri said: “The ‘Nir­riċikla għall-Ist­rina’ cam­paign is a truly sus­tain­able project as it op­er­ates on many lev­els. On the one hand, it pro­motes re­cy­cling, re­duc­ing the need for raw ma­te­ri­als. On the other, and per­haps more sig­nif­i­cant, it en­gages chil­dren and adults to work to­gether to help raise money for the Malta Com­mu­nity Chest Fund. It is a project which helps the Mal­tese com­mu­nity do more for the en­vi­ron­ment and do­nate money to those with spe­cial needs.”

Now in its 6th edi­tion, ‘Nir­riċikla għall-Ist­rina’, aims to col­lect funds for the an­nual l-Ist­rina char­ity telethon through gath­er­ing and re­cy­cling of plas­tic bot­tle caps. Dur­ing the 2015 cam­paign, GreenPak re­cy­cled over 11.5 mil­lion caps which would have other­wise ended up in land­fills. The plas­tic caps were col­lected from 138 schools and 36 other en­ti­ties such as lo­cal coun­cils, scout groups, band clubs and other or­gan­i­sa­tions. Dur­ing his ad­dress Min­is­ter Car­dona high­lighted the fact that the awards are a cel­e­bra­tion of Malta’s best sus­tain­able en­ter­prises and cham­pi­ons of the sec­tor. “Each year the Sus­tain­able En­ter­prise Awards help shine a light on the ex­tra­or­di­nary work Malta-based en­ter­prises are do­ing to help the com­mu­nity. Com­pe­ti­tion was tougher this year and the short­list was burst­ing with in­spir­ing ex­am­ples of how busi­nesses can have a pos­i­tive im­pact on so­ci­ety – the win­ners de­serve to be duly recog­nised and cel­e­brated.” The Sus­tain­able En­ter­prise Awards were de­vel­oped in 2015 by the Min­istry for the Econ­omy, Investment and Small Busi­ness in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cleaner Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre at the Univer­sity of Malta to pro­mote the busi­ness com­mu­nity’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards sus­tain­abil­ity in the so­cial com­mu­nity.

The Awards re­ward Mal­tese en­ter­prises, in par­tic­u­lar mi­cro, small and medium-sized en­ter­prises for their ef­forts to change their prac­tices with the aim of in­creas­ing eco­nomic, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity. The win­ning en­ter­prises are awarded prize money to­gether with a tro­phy and a cer­tifi­cate. The Sus­tain­able En­ter­prise Award will be hold­ing its third edi­tion in 2017.

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