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China honors individuals, companies for charitable efforts

Source:   Time:

BEIJING, April 19 (Xinhua) -- The government on Friday gave dozens of individuals and corporations the country's highest charity award for the charitable efforts in 2012.

Twenty individuals received the "most charitable donor" award, including Gu Runjin, president of Perfect (China) Co., Ltd., the organizing committee for the China Charity Award announced at an award ceremony held in Beijing.

Billionaire Cao Dewang, president of Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co. Ltd., received the award for the third time in as many years.

Twenty philanthropic projects and 40 companies also received awards, including the China Three Gorges Corporation and the Shanghai-based Baosteel Group Corporation.

The award was given based on online votes from 4.5 million people, the committee said.

It was established by the Ministry of Civil Affairs in 2005 to honor those who have engaged in prominent philanthropic and environmental protection efforts.

The establishment of the China Charity Alliance was announced at the ceremony, with Civil Affairs Minister Li Liguo as its president.

Li promised to improve disciplinary management in the field and maintain development in charitable undertakings.

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