STUTTGART. The catholic welfare organisation Caritas in Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Ministry of Finance and Economy honoured for the eighth time three companies with their Medium-Sized Company Award LEA. According to Caritas, the non-monetary award for social responsibility in Baden-Wuerttemberg was handed over to representatives of Zedler-Institut für Fahrradtechnik und -Sicherheit (Ludwigsburg), Ensinger Mineral-Heilquellen (Vaihingen-Enz) and Connect Personal-Service (Karlsruhe) yesterday in Stuttgart.
Peter Hofelich, representative of the state government for medium-sized and craft trade emphasized during the award ceremony in Stuttgart, that credible activities in the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR) were a key for economic success in future. Vicar general Fridolin Keck as representative of the Archdiocese of Freiburg said that socially committed companies rendered a vital service to community. This year, all in all 258 companies had applied for the prize in three categories. The Medium-Sized Company Award for Social Responsibility is once again the competition with the most participants nationwide awarding the CSR-activities of small and medium-sized companies. Its motto is "Performance – Commitment – Appreciation" (LEA).
The three winners:
Zedler institute: The price for the category up to 20 staff members was awarded to Zedler – Institut für Fahrradtechnik und -Sicherheit GmbH in Ludwigsburg. The company has built up an education partnership with three local schools and furnished a bicycle workshop in each school at their own charge. The objective is to give special care teenagers from a disadvantaged social background insight into promising technologies combined with practical training.