New World Resources Plc (“NWR”) is delighted to announce that its Czech coal mining subsidiary OKD, a. s. (“OKD”) has received the VIA BONA award for its support for the occupational and social integration of people with disabilities. Through its OKD Foundation, the Company has over the past two years donated more than CZK 15 million to projects designed to help people with disabilities to integrate through engagement in social enterprises.
“We really appreciate this significant award. We consider it an independent assessment of our activities, which serve to improve the lives not only of people with disabilities, children and senior citizens,” said Petra Mašínová, NWR’s Head of Corporate Communications and Sustainability and Chair of the OKD Foundation’s Managing Board.
“We have long been helping scores of non-profit organisations that focus on the social sphere, education, leisure time activities and the environment. In the past two years we have mainly concentrated on fellow citizens living with disabilities. Thanks to the support we have given to social enterprises, their operators have been able to maintain hundreds of jobs for people with disabilities and even create dozens of new jobs, despite the recent economic downturn,” said Jiří Suchánek, Director of the OKD Foundation.
Over the past five years the OKD Foundation has supported community and public-benefit activities to the tune of CZK 240 million and has been the main partner to numerous non-profit organisations and several charity projects at both the regional and national levels in the Czech Republic.
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New World Resources Plc is one of Central Europe’s leading hard coal and coke producers. NWR produces quality coking and thermal coal for the steel and energy sectors in Central Europe through its subsidiary OKD, the largest hard coal mining company in the Czech Republic. NWR's coke subsidiary OKK, is Europe's largest producer of foundry coke. NWR currently has several development projects in Poland and the Czech Republic, which form part of NWR's regional growth strategy. NWR is a FTSE 250 company, with listings in London, Prague and Warsaw.Disclaimer and Cautionary Note on Forward Looking Statements and Notes on Certain Other Matters
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