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Nordic Awards Night 2019 winners announced!

NordCham Philippines, together with the Embassies of Denmark, Norway, Sweden in Manila, the Embassy of Finland in Kuala Lumpur, and the Philippines Norway Business Council are proud to present THE WINNERS of the sixth edition of the annual Nordic Awards Night at the Fairmont Makati Ballroom on October 23, 2019.

The Nordic Awards Night, themed ‘Northern Lights’ recognizes prominent Nordic- affiliated companies in the Philippines who exemplify Nordic values and commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goals. The winners and finalists for this year are:

Corporate Sustainability Company of the Year, (co-presented by Trends & Concepts):
Winner: H&M

Innovation Company of the Year, (co-presented by Salarium):
Winner: Aidea

Growth Company of the Year, (co-presented by BDO Unibank):
Winner: KMC Solutions

Outstanding Employer of the Year, (co-presented by Regus & Spaces):
Winner: Döhle Shipmanagement

Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) of the Year, (co-presented by KMC Savills):
Winner: OnlineFactory

“The Nordic Awards is our way of recognizing companies who live by the values that we stand for in the Nordic countries: innovation, sustainability, equality, education, and growth”, explains
NordCham Philippines executive director Joona Selin. These values are reflected in the judging criteria for the five award categories, and we have also put a focus on sustainable development
goals in each of the categories, Mr. Selin explains further.

The Corporate Sustainability Company of the Year category emphasizes environment, human rights and working conditions, and anti-corruption measures and business ethics. The Growth Company of the Year and SME of the Year categories both highlight employment generation and revenue growth. For Innovation Company of the Year, degree of innovation and sustainability, as well as international potential and likelihood of success are key criteria. And, for Outstanding Employer of the Year, gender equality, health and well-being, and equal development opportunities are key considerations.

“The themes of the Nordic Awards seem to resonate well in the Philippines, as we received a record number of 60 nominations for this year’s awards”, adds PwC Philippines Director Dakila Socrates B. Lavilla. PwC as the knowledge partner for Nordic Awards 2019 have been the one overseeing the process of the ranking of the nominees as well as the selection of the finalists,
supporting the board of judges. The board of judges consists of Nordic-Philippine representatives from the public and private sector:

• Carol Dominguez, Board of Governors Secretary, Management Association of the Philippines
• H.E. Harald Fries, Ambassador of Sweden to the Philippines
• H.E. Bjorn Jahnsen, Ambassador of Norway to the Philippines
• H.E. Petri Puhakka, Ambassador of Finland to Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines
• H.E. Grete Sillasen, Ambassador of Denmark to the Philippines
• Elizabeth Sy, Consul General (a.h.) of Iceland

The 2019 edition of the event gathered more than 200 C-level executives, entrepreneurs, leaders of local and foreign chambers of commerce, ambassadors, members of the diplomatic corps, government, and media. The event is part of the 2019 NordStar Event Series on Innovation and Sustainability, supported by Nordic Co-operation (Norden).

Gabriel
Introvert, wanderer, blogger, foodie, a hip-hop music writer, and one of the co-founders of a tech start-up company called GigsManila.

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