International award for Jesuit Social Services

Melbourne's Jesuit Social Services was yesterday announced as an "honoree" in a New York-based international award for enterprises which integrate high ethical standards with spiritual values.

PR Web reports that five companies from India, Germany, Australia and the US were recognised in the 2006 International Spirit at Work Awards for engaging the "heart of business."

With 110 employees, Jesuit Social Services provides a range of direct services for highly disadvantaged young people, families and communities. It also works to effect social change at a local, state and national level through research, social policy and advocacy work.

Honorees will be recognised at the Award Conference to be held in October at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York.

The awards are designed to honour "pioneering organisations that are energised and motivated to respond to the call of our times for corporate cultural transformation.

"These companies are successful public and private organisations that have integrated high ethical standards and various spiritual values and practices that inspire and honour their stakeholders," said Judi Neal, executive director for the Association for Spirit at Work.

"These organisations are showing us a better way. They reflect the recognised opportunity that honouring the human spirit actually results in a more sustainable and financially successful business operation."

Other honorees included an Indian pharmaceutical company that allows its 6000 employees to express their various spiritual belief and Search for Common Ground, a US-based NGO that works on transforming the way people deal with conflict.

A German company, Clean Servicepower was honoured as "a model for building a company on spiritual principles and values and allowing these principles to guide the actions of the organisation."

2006 International Spirit at Work Award Announces Honorees (PR Web, 28/6/06)

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29 Aug 2006