Airport operator Hermes received an honourary distinction in the field of volunteerism at the fifth Cyprus Competition in Corporate Social Responsibility, in a ceremony that took place at the Presidential Palace.
The operator was awarded for a series of good practices and actions that it implemented to benefit Cypriot society during the period from May 2018 until May 2019.
The competition was organised for the fifth consecutive year by the Pancyprian Volunteerism Coordinative Council and was aimed at private companies whose actions/corporate social responsibility practices and cooperation with voluntary non-government organisations contributed to addressing social matters and needs.
In the competition, Hermes Airports was distinguished for its participation in the campaign ‘Let’s Do It Cyprus’ and its cooperation with the department of the environment to create interactive workshops for schools on the negative environmental impact of plastic straws.
In addition, it was distinguished for its initiative ‘Flying with Autism’, which it carries out in cooperation with the “MAZI” Association, under the programme ‘I Can Fly’ which helps familiarise people with autism with the process of flying.
The honourary distinction also concerns the support provided by Hermes Airports towards the Sophia Foundation, as part of the programme ‘I Cook and Offer’ for Cyprus’ children, which saw 20 virtual hippopotamuses that were created for free by local artists as part of the programme installed in various central parts of Larnaca’s airport building.
The company was also honoured for its cooperation with the Cyprus Paraplegic Association, which aims to provide better airport access for people with disabilities. The specially equipped public changing room for people with disabilities (Changing Place) was the first of its kind in Cyprus.
Receiving the honourary award on behalf of Hermes Airports, CEO Eleni Kaloyirou said that corporate social responsibility has been one of the operator’s main pillars of activity ever since it started managing the two airports a decade ago, while it is based on the 17 sustainable development goals set by the United Nations. “By adapting these goals to the needs of Cyprus’ society, our aim has always been to collaborate with other organisations so that these actions have multiple benefits,” she added.