Via Bona Slovakia is a unique award for companies, presented for inspiring examples in the field of responsible entrepreneurship and corporate philanthropy.

In the current year, we will present awards in seven categories. Besides, we will present a special Well-Governed Company Award and a Public Choice Award, the winner of which will be decided by the public in a poll.

We will announce the winners of the award on the 8th of September, 2021.

We all decide what our country looks like by how we treat people around us, what products and services we buy, and how we live our lives. Companies are no different from individuals and can change the face of Slovakia. Just like individuals, they can be committed citizens and speak out for decency, fairness and justice.

Martina Kolesárová a Michal Kiššaexecutive directors of the Pontis Foundation

We search for companies which do responsible activities beyond what is imposed by law and care about how people live and do business here.

503 companies nominated
1118 nominations received
146 awards given
41 honourable mentions

The Pontis Foundation will present the Via Bona Slovakia 2020 awards in seven categories:

  • Responsible Large Company
  • Responsible Small/Medium Company
  • Outstanding Employer
  • Green Company
  • Good Partner of the Community
  • Socially Innovative Company
  • Fair Market Player

In cooperation with the Slovak Corporate Governance Association, we will also present a special Well-Governed Company Award, and in cooperation with the main media partner, we will also award the Public Choice Award. The winner will be decided by readers in a poll.


For years, Via Bona has focused on inspiring and innovative projects of companies, which are worth following. However, in the 20 years of the award’s existence, many of these exceptional activities have gradually become standard in companies, such as corporate volunteering or employee training and development. „This development must be taken into account. We want to continue to reward things which are still not the standard, but we believe that they could become one, partly due to our award,“ Michal Kišša, Director of the Pontis Foundation, says.

Categories have changed

  • The category Great Employer and the special award entitled Employer Friendly to Family, Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities have undergone a fundamental change. In the current year of Via Bona Slovakia, both awards have been merged into one category entitled Outstanding Employer, which aims to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. „This change also reflects the current situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has deepened existing inequalities. Groups disadvantaged in the labour market got into an even worse situation, and at the same time, new vulnerable groups, such as working parents of minors and people with mental health problems, have emerged. They all need an empathic approach from their employers,” Kišša explains. It is companies that strive to create the best possible working conditions for diverse groups of employees and to promote effective inclusion that will be able to apply for the Outstanding Employer Award.
  • After last year’s break, the Fair Market Player category returns to Via Bona Slovakia. In this category, the organiser of the award expects projects which companies have implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic, with an aim to make the situation easier for their partners. It can be activities towards customers, suppliers and other business partners, which show an above-standard approach of the company in the crisis.
  • In the traditional Good Partner of the Community category, the Pontis Foundation will award projects which have addressed the pandemic by focusing their assistance on helping the community.
  • The Social Innovations category changed its title to Socially Innovative Company, but its content remained unchanged. Companies which may apply are those whose innovative solutions or products address social or environmental problems and create positive social change.

What is the process of evaluation of projects nominated for Via Bona Slovakia? 

All nominations included in the evaluation process are assessed by independent committees composed of representatives from the business sector, government, the media, the non-governmental sector and educational institutions. The committees evaluate the nomination sheets in two rounds, preceded by an individual evaluation. At their first meeting, the committees decide which nominations advance to the finals. At the second meeting, which includes personal presentations of the final nominations, the committee members select the winner in each category. The names of the award winners, together with the names of the members of the evaluation committees, will be published by the organiser at the award ceremony.

We want to continue to reward things which are still not the standard, but we believe that they could become one, partly due to our award.

Who we are

We link together companies, non-governmental organisations, state institutions, communities, and individuals to make positive changes in education, responsible entrepreneurship, and fight against corruption and poverty.


Pontis Foundation
Zelinarska 2821 08
Bratislava


Contact:
Phone: (+421 2) 5710 8111
pontis@pontisfoundation.sk
Contact for media:
Phone: (+421 2) 5710 8113
pr@pontisfoundation.sk

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