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Businessmen Honor Bartoszewski
March 5, 2008 By Michal Jeziorski   
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The Business Centre Club (BCC) held its 17th annual Polish Business Leader award ceremony at the Wielki Theater Feb. 9. Several businessmen were presented with golden statuettes while the Special BCC Award went to Prof. Władysław Bartoszewski.

Bartoszewski is a onetime foreign minister who now advises the prime minister on international affairs. In reaching their verdict, the jury deemed that Bartoszewski had conducted foreign policy in a way that bolstered Poland's economic development and international standing, that his being guided by ethical principles had promoted honest business dealings and that he was an ideal role model of a Polish citizen.

"We are meeting in a different Poland this year, and Prof. Bartoszewski has to be given credit for this," said BCC President Marek Goliszewski. Lower House Speaker Bronisław Komorowski said that Bartoszewski deserved the prize for his contribution to the development of a market economy in Poland and to Polish business generally. "Władysław Bartoszewski is simply a good product, one of Poland's best export commodities," he said.

The BCC has been awarding the Polish Business Leader for outstanding business achievements since 1991. In total, 121 BCC members were in the running this year. The jury weighed up exports, job creation, environmental care, public service and charitable work, in addition to business credentials, quality and innovation. Sandvik Mining and Construction, Sobkowiak Meatworks, Unibep and Pioneer Pekao Investment Management were among the winners.

Social Solidarity Medals were also handed out for helping the needy, promoting social responsibility and building social solidarity. Jury chairman Bishop Piotr Jarecki handed a medal to Bożena Walter, president of TVN's "You Are Not Alone" Foundation, and Jan Kabicz, president of the Hope Foundation for the Unemployed and the Poor in the Archdiocese of Warsaw.

More than 2,000 businessmen, BCC members, parliamentarians, diplomats, academics, journalists and other guests attended.
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