Telenor wins main Virtus award for contribution at the national level

Annual corporate philanthropy awards for 2008
December 10, 2008 – Telenor received the Virtus Award, granted annually for corporate philanthropy, in the category of special contribution at the national level in the area of corporate responsibility, at a ceremony in the National Parliament yesterday.

The award, established by the Balkan Community Initiatives Fund, the largest domestic foundation which supports civil actions and groups in Serbia, was established last year, and it is granted to legal entities which support sustainable and long-term non-profit projects of general interest to the society.

“We see this award as a valuable recognition of Telenor’s efforts so far, and a motivation for new investments into the Serbian society. We are glad to help establish an effective dialogue between the civil and corporate sectors, since Serbia and its citizens can benefit from it considerably in the long run,” said Sandra Štajner, the Chief Communications Officer of Telenor, upon receiving the award of the behalf of the company.

As a socially responsible company, Telenor established its own foundation, which has supported more than 50 projects this year alone. Active since March 2007, the Foundation raises important social issues and supports the development of local potential in culture and art, cares for the youth, and supports socially vulnerable groups.


Among other projects, the Foundation entered into strategic partnership with the Research Station Petnica near Valjevo, one of the most important scientific research centres for the youth in South East Europe, and established the Prof. Dr Ilija Stojanović Award, granted to students and young scientists for their contribution in telecommunications. In cooperation with the People’s Office of the President of Serbia, it is deploying the “Let’s Wake IT Serbia Up” project.


Advocating equal opportunities for persons with disabilities, it helped establish and equip the Social Club within the Special Hospital for Rehabilitation and Prosthetics and the Centre for Students with Disabilities within the University of Belgrade, supported equipping of the Shelter within the Centre for Children and Adolescents in Belgrade, and the art project titled “Silent Society” for raising awareness of the position of children with disabilities.


The Balkan Community Initiatives Fund organises the project, the contest and the award ceremony in cooperation and under auspices of the USAID, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the VIA Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), the C.S.Mott Foundation, Executive Group, Ekonomist Media Group (EMG), E-kapija, the Public Relations Society of Serbia, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the City of Belgrade, the National Parliament of the Republic of Serbia, and many other institutions, media and business associations.


In addition to Telenor, this year’s winners of the VIRTUS awards are US Steel, Eurobank EFG, ERSTE Bank, “Sto posto” and B92.