Roundabout Outdoor shortlisted for Alcan Prize for Sustainability

by oneafrikan on September 8, 2005

Alcan Prize for Sustainability shortlist announced

September 8, 2005; Johannesburg, South AfricaRoundabout Outdoor has been named to the shortlist for the US$1-million Alcan Prize for Sustainability by The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF). Of the many organizations from 59 countries around the world, 10 organizations made the shortlist of candidates being considered for the million-dollar Alcan Prize.

Said Trevor Field, Executive Director, “We are thrilled to be on the shortlist for the Alcan Prize for Sustainability. Winning the Prize or an Alcan Grant would be a major impetus for our work. But just to be considered puts us on the international map. And that, alone, has enormous value.”

Alcan Inc, a global leader in aluminum and packaging, created the Alcan Prize for Sustainability in 2004 to recognize outstanding contributions to the goal of economic, environmental, and social sustainability by not-for-profit, non-governmental, and civil society organizations. “The Alcan Prize for Sustainability demonstrates our deep belief that the international goal of sustainable development is best served when all sectors – business, NGO’s, and governments work together” stated Daniel Gagnier, Senior Vice President, Corporate and External Affairs, Alcan Inc. “On behalf of Alcan, I extend our congratulations to Roundabout Outdoor and wish them every success in the final phase of the competition.”

To ensure credibility and objectivity, Alcan engaged the IBLF to manage the Alcan Prize for Sustainability. Since the closing date for entries, the IBLF has coordinated Assessment Panels in the U.K., Hungary, India, and Canada to review entries and select the shortlist. The Adjudication Panel, chaired by Achim Steiner, Director General of The World Conservation Union, and composed of international experts in sustainability, fully endorsed the 10 shortlisted organizations and the assessment process. Alcan does not have a voice in the assessment or selection of Alcan Prize applicants.

The Adjudication Panel will now conduct an in-depth review of the shortlist and select the winner of the Alcan Prize and up to four recipients of Alcan Grants. These US$15,000 Grants will allow a senior representative of each selected organization to earn a post-graduate certificate in Cross Sector Partnerships from the University of Cambridge. The Alcan Prize winner and Alcan Grant recipients will be announced in early 2006.

Roundabout Outdoor is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most innovative providers of clean water and vital community messages. In 1999, Roundabout Outdoor entered a public/ private partnership with the Department of Water Affairs & Forestry to assist the Department in its commitment to deliver water to all of South Africa by 2008. Roundabout Outdoor is meeting this commitment with its patented technology, the Play-Pump. The Play-Pump is a specially designed merry-go-round that uses the power of children at play to pump water into a 2,500-litre storage tank. Two sides of the storage tank are used for health messages and the other two sides are rented out as billboards for commercial messages. This advertising revenue ensures the ongoing maintenance and sustainability of each project.

Media Contact: Trevor Field
Mobile: +27 83 577 7724
Office: +27 11 807 4280
Email: trevorf AT roundabout DOT co DOT za

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