Xtreme Projects wins award for community project focussed on PE's homeless

NOVEMBER 9, 2015

Leading Port Elizabeth-based Environmental Specialists, Xtreme Projects, walked away the inaugural winner of the Initiative of the Year Award, Category A, at this year's 77th Annual General Meeting of the Chemical and Allied Industries Association (CAIA), which was held last week.

Extreme projects was awarded for its successful Pop-up Shop for the Homeless Project, which brought cheers and smiles to those living on Port Elizabeth’s streets through a massive clothing handover along Park Drive, St Georges Park.

Set up as a pavement pop-up shop, the event was organised in a way to get the homeless to ‘shop’ for the clothing items – the only difference with a real shop being that they would not pay anything. 

Read more about the Xtreme Projects Pop-up shop for the Homeless HERE.

About the Award

The Responsible Care® Initiative of the Year, which honours members’ efforts in corporate social responsibility projects that are sustainable, is actually a new award established by the CAIA this year.

The award has two company size categories, determined by turnover, and consists of a qualitative assessment based on relevance to management practice pillars and investment of company resources towards the initiative (financial, non-financial). Other factors that became important in the consideration were – a business case need for the project and the regularity of the project.

To celebrate the awards, CAIA designed a new trophy for each category winner. The design, in natural wood, made by local artisans, is an open-ended abstract design that begins from a narrow base and widens, as it embraces the local community and has open ends implying the continuance of both the Responsible Care® Program and the commitment to community. The chair of the CAIA board, Joaquin Schoch, awarded the trophies.

“The Responsible Care® Award and the Responsible Care® Haulier Award look at the greatest year-on-year improvements in the four major categories of Responsible Care® pillars, which are safety and health; resource efficiency; pollution prevention and product stewardship,” explains Deidré Penfold, Executive Director of CAIA.

The candidates are shortlisted by greatest net improvement, the sites visited and assessed from where the winners and runner(s)-up are determined.

“We are delighted with this year’s standard of entries and believe that CAIA’s continued training programme in the Responsible Care® initiative is paying off. We intend to increase the level of training and number of courses offered in 2016,” concludes Penfold.

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