Lauritzen Kosan runner up for the Nordic-Philippine CSR of the year award
Last week, Lauritzen Kosan together with Lauritzen Fonden, was runner up for the Nordic-Philippine CSR of the year award at this year's annual Nordic Business Council Philippines awards in the Philippines.
It was an evening of celebration at the Fairmont Makati Hotel when the Nordic Business Council of the Philippines (NBCP) hosted its Annual Northern Lights Dinner and NBCP Awards. Mr. Flemming Schmidt-Andersen, Vice President and Head of Lauritzen Kosan’s Manila office participated in the event and was called on the stage to receive acknowledgement for being runner up in a category that included Transcom and SKF.
“It was with great pride that we received the nomination as we have strong ties and a high level of community engagement in the Philippines”, said Mr. Schmidt-Andersen after the ceremony.
The evening, which is a celebration of the Nordic-Philippine business community, also included the presentation of the winners of the NBCP Awards as Largest Nordic Employer in the Philippines, Fastest growing Nordic Company in the Philippines and Outstanding Employer of the Year.
Support to 55 seafarers and their families ensured the finalist spot
The non-profit organisation NBCP had nominated the disaster relief fund that was established between J. Lauritzen/Lauritzen Kosan and Lauritzen Fonden to help our seafarers recover from the massive devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda in 2014 and rebuild their homes as one of three finalists for this year’s Nordic-Philippine CSR of the year award.
“When our seafarers are hit by traumatizing disasters like Yolanda, we take care of our people and we endeavour to stand by their side to support”, says Mr. Thomas Wøidemann, President of Lauritzen Kosan about the reason for establishing the disaster relief fund last year, and continues “For us corporate responsibility is part of our DNA and I am very proud that we were nominated in the category for CSR of the year”.
Due to the disaster relief fund, 55 Filipino Lauritzen Kosan seafarers and their families have received donations amounting to a total of approximately USD 140,000. Representatives from Lauritzen Kosan’s Manila office have visited the local communities and seen the ripple effect of the support as the rebuilding of neighbourhoods has given hope to local communities in the aftermath of the typhoon.
“Congratulations to Lauritzen Kosan and all of their Philippine employees. This nomination is a recognition and a reminder of the importance of businesses living up to their social responsibilities”, says Inge Grønvold, Director of Lauritzen Fonden and adds “As the parent company of J. Lauritzen and as a social-minded Foundation we appreciate our efforts had a successful outcome for the people affected by typhoon Yolanda. Securing the well-being of our employees is a cornerstone of the charter of the Foundation and therefore a path we will continue to follow.”
About the Nordic Business Council of the Philippines
The Nordic Business Council of the Philippines (NBCP) is a Filipino registered non-stock, non-profit organisation that promotes and facilitates trade, commerce, industry, and investment between the Philippines and the Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden) and Baltic (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) countries. The NBCP was established in late 2012 with an ambition to serve the Nordic business community in the Philippines, and to help bringing in more Nordic investments to create jobs and to fuel the growth of the Philippine economy.