Relief Riders, Hallmark Win U.N. NGO Positive Peace Awards

Inaugural awards recognize companies that make positive impact in their communities and far from home

Relief Riders International and Hallmark Cards Inc. have each been honored with 2010 United Nations NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) Positive Peace Awards. Hallmark was awarded the honor in the large business category, and Relief Riders in the small business category.

“The Voting Academy for the United Nations NGO Positive Peace Awards felt both Relief Riders and Hallmark showed excellence in the areas of self-regulation, employee relations, environmental stewardship and community involvement,” said Relief Riders Founder and Executive Director Alexander Souri in an e-mailed letter on Oct 17.

Companies were nominated based on their positive impact on “their communities through corporate responsibility,” according to Souri’s letter. Relief Riders travels with doctors and other volunteers to remote areas in India to deliver medical, dental and educational services as well as programs that assist families with sustainable food, such as its Give a Goatprogram. That program—one that this editor’s family has supported—provides families with a sustainable source of milk and cheese that they can consume as well as sell or trade at local markets.

(See “Relief Riders Nominated for U.N. Positive Peace Award.”)

Hallmark was nominated by “the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri and the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation.  Hallmark’s vision, community service and leadership solidified the company’s win in the large business category, according to its announcement on Oct 8.

“Like the other organizations involved in the United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award initiative, our company helps bring people together,” said Hallmark president and CEO, Donald J. Hall in the Hallmark announcement. “It is an honor to be recognized for our caring corporate citizenship, as well as for the work that so many Hallmark employees do in support of organizations that make a positive difference in our community.”

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