ATHENS – Distinguished Greek-Americans were the featured speakers at Capital Link’s 4th annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Forum in Athens on May 27 whose theme was “For a Better Tomorrow.”
Capital’s Founder/President/CEO Nicolas Bornozis, who served as Emcee, welcomed the guests.
One of the highlights was the presentation of the 2014 CSR Leadership Award to billionaire John Catsimatidis by Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greece’s Minister of Administrative Reform and e-Governance.
Catsimatidis, the President and CEO of the Red Apple Group conglomerate, made a presentation about getting Greece on the agenda of foreign investors.
Among the other presenters were Mistras Group President/CEO Dr. Sotirios J. Vahaviolos, Calamos Asset Management Founder/Chairman/CEO John P. Calamos, Sr., and CEO of Valvis Holding, SA, Jean Valvis.
According to its website, “Capital Link continues to support the sustainable development in Greece by promoting and presenting both the initiatives from the business side, as well as the activities and needs of NGOs. This forum will discuss the development and maintenance of CSR a strategy and necessity, which will help companies, balance the achievement of pro?tability with sustainable growth.”
Capita Link VP Olga Bornozis told TNH the Conference’s purpose was “the promotion of activities by corporations that reflect corporate social responsibility and the promotion of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and we want to create greater communication between the two groups. NGOs are trying to make contributions to society and corporations are sources of funds for them. We are trying to effect ‘marriages’ between them for the benefit of society as a whole and the Greek citizen.
“Since the diaspora is doing great work, which is not generally known, in the United States and in Greece, including helping Greek NGOs, we brought a few leading businessmen here this year who are helping in the fields of health, education and commerce.”
Bornozis also cited the attendance at last year’s forum of Libra Group Chairman/CEO George Logothetis, who has supported both young and more established entrepreneurs with various endeavors, and through The Hellenic Initiative (THI).
She emphasized how important is for Greece’s citizens and firms to develop a greater sense of corporate responsibility. Bornozis perceives progress, and is pleased that the Forum has made a contribution.