EUROFOOTBALL EARNS A SPECIAL AWARD FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Eurofootball received a special award for its “Overall CSR policy” in the SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) award category on the 10th Responsible Business Awards 2012 of the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum (BBLF).
The leading sports betting operator in Bulgaria earned this award for its “Win and Help” project, a series of sixteen social responsibility initiatives in the area of sports, health, cultural and social engagement implemented by Eurofootball over the course of seven years. By the end of 2012 the project matured into two new corporate responsibility programs, under the brand names "Sports Talent" and "Ready for Success.”
“We are very pleased to receive this award. Together with our partners – the Bulgarian Charities Aid Foundation, the Workshops for Civic Initiatives Foundation and Sirak Foundation – we developed the “Win and Help” project in 2007. For the past seven years we have been steadily supporting the development of local communities and contributing to their needs”, said Nikos Arsenopoulos, Chief Executive Officer of Eurofootball. “We hold this award close at heart”, added Elitza Ivanova, Head of Public Relations at Eurofootball.
The award received by Eurofootball was one of the most prestigious in the competition, where a record number of eighty-five corporate social responsibility projects of forty-nine companies in Bulgaria competed. The winners were selected by an independent twelve-member jury of distinguished professionals from the business, media, academic, government and NGO sectors, chaired for the fourth consecutive year by the Mayor of Sofia Yordanka Fandakova.
The award was handed by Doncho Barbalov, Deputy Mayor of Sofia Municipality. He congratulated the Forum for organizing the Awards for responsible business and recognized the event as an excellent tool for encouraging more companies to implement socially responsible projects.
BBLF’s Responsible Business Awards were launched in 2003. The aim of the awards is to promote the activities of the companies with the most important contribution to CSR in Bulgaria and encourage other companies to develop active social responsibility policies and programs. In 2009 Eurofootball had received the third prize in the category "Investor in Knowledge," for its "Ready for Success" campaign. The year 2012 was celebrated with a second place in the category "Small and medium enterprise" for overall CSR policy.
Eurofootball is a leading licensed bookmaking company in Bulgaria. The company was registered in 1993. In February 2002 INTRALOT participated in Eurofootball’s shares capital. Since then the company continuously expanded its network and product range in order to offer the players interesting sports bets and a lot of winning opportunities. Eurofootball owns the biggest franchising network in Bulgaria. It has its own unique model of development of betting shops rendering an account of the specifics of Bulgarian small and medium-scaled business. There are at about 800 attractive points of sales, covering the territory of the entire country. Eurofootball is a leader company on the Bulgarian market and its activities are based on the European values and market principles. Eurofootball is a member of two major international organizations - the World Lottery Association - WLA and European Lotteries. In its activity the company complies with the rules adopted by both organizations. Eurofootball is one of the biggest sport sponsors in Bulgaria. Since 2007 Eurofootball develops one of the biggest CSR projects in the country with “Win and Help” project.
INTRALOT, a public listed company, is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide. Its broad portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing & Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a competitive advantage which contributes directly to customers’ efficiency, profitability and growth. With presence in more than 53 countries, with approximately 5.500 people and revenues of €1.2 billion for 2011, INTRALOT has established its presence on all 5 continents.
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