Billabong does right by the world and they were awarded accordingly by the Foundation for Social Change and the United Nations at the UN Plaza Hotel in NYC last week.
With programs like Design for Humanity, it’s commitment to SurfAid International, the Platinum X Recycler Series, their involvement and initiative to raise awareness of ocean issues with Dave Rastovich and the TransparentSea voyages.
It’s no wonder they were recognized and hats off to this most beloved Co. for the well deserved recognition.
For more info read Press Release below:
Billabong has been handed a major international award for having a social conscience. Chief executive Derek O’Neill accepted the 2011 ‘Leaders of Change award’ for Billabong at a ceremony held at the United Nations in New York Thursday. Billabong was one of 11 recipients described by the Foundation for Social Change as ‘visionary, inspirational leaders’ who ‘engage in initiatives that solve social problems’.
The company has been at the cutting edge of a number of environmental initiatives and is understood to be the first Australian company to receive the Leaders of Change award. A spokesman for Billabong said social and environmental considerations were ‘culturally important to our market’. ‘It’s great that our efforts are being recognized through one of the United Nations partner programs,” the spokesman said.
The awards recognize companies that are making efforts to find real solutions to everyday problems. Other recipients of the 2011 award included Marks & Spencer, Philips and Unilever. UN spokesman Roland Rich said the aim was to recognize “the creativity, technology and resources that the private sector brings to our collective efforts in solving social problems”.