“Afrika Tikkun CEO and Founder and Executive Chairman of Smile Foundation Marc Lubner was last night awarded the Top NGO Conscious Companies Award for the achievements of the two non-profits. The Conscious Companies Awards is in recognition of organisations that:

  • understands what it takes to be authentic
  • operates with a sense of higher purpose
  • integrates the interest of all stakeholders
  • develops visionary leaders
  • builds a culture of trust, accountability, governance and caring
  • encourages creativity and innovation
  • is a responsible citizen in the communities that they operate in”

The award is a significant honour in recognition of Afrika Tikkun and the Smile Foundation, which strives toward transformation of South African society. From very small beginnings 23 years ago Afrika Tikkun has grown exponentially and now reaches +-16 000 beneficiaries per annum and employs close to 600 locally trained employees in 5 communities in South Africa. Its Cradle to career 360• model seeks to be a comprehensive and long term solution to the problem of poverty alleviation and youth unemployment. Founded by Bertie Lubner, the organisation won the support of the then President Nelson Mandela who remains to date its Patron-in-Chief in Memoriam.

About the Conscious Company Award (from the Conscious Companies website):

“In a rapidly changing world, business must learn to lead in the journey of human evolution and business leaders must learn to heed the call for transformation and growth coming from society, from their stakeholders, from their employees and from within themselves.

For a nation to flourish companies must participate and evolve to become conscious and adopt a spirit of co-operative partnership, address societal imbalances, increase productivity and efficiency, maintain transparency, accountability and governance. They must become a Conscious Company.”