Theodoros Papalexopoulos received the second ALBA Business unusual Award at a ceremony that took place at Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens, on Tuesday, December 4; approximately 300 distinguished executives from various sectors of the business world attended.Every two years the ‘ALBA Business unusual Award’ highlights important activities that have a positive impact on the Greek economy and society and, at the same time, honors exceptional individuals who could serve as role models for personal and professional behavior.
For the second award ALBA decided to focus on corporate social responsibility and honor Mr. Theodoros Papalexopoulos, a visionary entrepreneur who has demonstrated social responsibility and contributed greatly to the Greek society.
The Dean, Professor Nickolaos G. Travlos, praised Mr. Papalexopoulos’ unmatched ethical behavior and philosophy as well as his social giving, that set a role model for young people to follow.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of ALBA, Nikos Ebeoglou spoke about Mr. Papalexopoulos’ life and work. He underlined the fact that Mr. Papalexopoulos obviously has the basic characteristics of a successful man, such as diligence, analytical skills, focus on quality, psychological strength and persistence. He also focused on the fact that he played an instrumental part in the formation of the School.
Theodoros Papalexopoulos, thanked ALBA for honoring him with the second Business unusual Award and he gave an interesting speech that concluded with the following statement:
“In my opinion every activity that promotes corporate social responsibility, is not only for the interest of the society at large but for the business itself. And I am not just referring on the reputation of the company. As Thomas Friedman said: “Today more people than ever before can see what is happening within their business and judge you by your actions, not by your words.” This is true, but there is something else, more important, perhaps the most important:
While this activity is advantageous to the company itself, our country today needs it more than ever and I am sure that Kazantzakis would also agree with me, who once had said:
“Love responsibility. Say, I alone will save the earth and if I won’t succeed, it will be my fault”