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maltatoday | SUNDAY • 26 DECEMBER 2021 18 COMMERCIAL BAT Malta plants over 140 trees in Mellieħa together with ACT BRITISH American Tobacco (BAT) Malta offered and plant- ed over 140 indigenous trees in l-Aħrax tal-Mellieħa as part of its Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy. BAT Malta employees volun- teered to plant the variety of trees within the framework of a team building exercise, whilst also learning about the local f lora and the importance of preserving ecological biodi- versity. The tree planting exercise took place in collaboration and guidance from the non-govern- mental organisation ACT. As the NGO works towards conserving natural habitats to- gether with the flora and fau- na of the native Maltese geno- types, the trees planted include Carob, Mediterranean Cypress, Mediterranean Buckthorn, Ev- ergreen Oak, and Oak. All trees planted originate from locally cultivated stock. Clint Bajada, Country Manag- er of BAT in Malta, said: "The trees planted by our employees' volunteer work will not only be enjoyed by families, trekkers and campers in this popular green area, but they will also contribute to a greater good: sustaining Malta's native flora and fauna. BAT Malta is committed to supporting the endemic bio- diversity, for which, this latest initiative is an excellent exam- ple." Claude Ebejer from ACT. Malta said: "What started as a group of friends working to implement positive change in 2018, has grown into an NGO that works on creating con- structive dialogue and collabo- ration on sustainability. We would like to thank BAT Malta for their contribution and hard work in planting the trees. Corporate initiatives such as this contribute signif- icantly to our natural heritage in Malta." The purpose of the company is to build A Better Tomorrow for the adult consumers, the society and the employees of the company. BAT Malta started operating in 1907 and, today, is the lead- ing tobacco company in the local market with significant contribution to the Maltese economy and society. The company is part of Brit- ish American Tobacco p.l.c., an international Group found- ed in 1902 that today is a lead- ing, multi-category consumer good business and a truly glob- al company that employs more than 53,000 people worldwide and has active presence across more than 180 markets. British American Tobacco Malta donated and planted over 140 indigenous trees in l-Ahrax tal- Mellieha EY launches nationwide student competition to create a better working Malta ONE of Malta's leading con- sultancy firms - EY, launched Idea Explosion: Better Working Malta, a challenge inviting stu- dents all over the island to come forward with their best ideas to make Malta a better place to live and work. All students from any educational level (Sec- ondary, Sixth Form, University or other higher institution such as Mcast) are eligible to register for the competition and to sub- mit their ideas to a panel of ex- pert judges. The competition has three dif- ferent work streams as it seeks to involve students with differ- ent skillsets and interests: econ- omy and business; technology and innovation; and design and environment. The economy and business stream is for those students who are always looking at the bigger picture and thinking of ways the economy can improve for all or how businesses can generate growth. The technology and inno- vation stream is for all those tech-savvy students who are always tinkering with things to see what they can create, using AI, data analytics or maybe the Internet of Things. Lastly, the design and environment stream is for those with an eye for detail and a love for great aesthetics. Students here might be inter- ested in Maltese culture, recog- nising visual and artistic aspects which can impact everyone. EY is asking for interested ap- plicants to register themselves or their team (up to 5 people) by January 31st with an online reg- istration form. They will then be contacted by EY and assigned a mentor to discuss their ideas and fine- tune them. Between February – April they will be able to work on the idea and come up with a short 10-minute presentation announcing what the idea is all about. Participants will then be giv- en ample time to focus on their exams and in July they will be called in to present their idea to a panel of judges. A winner from each of the 3 streams will win €3,000 for their school and the overall winner will be gifted with a lifetime trip to another to an EY office or wavespace in another European country. EY Malta Country Managing Partner, Ronald Attard, said: "Today's young students are bursting with amazing ideas, so we want to do our bit to encour- age them to take the next leap and present them for all Malta to see. Their ideas will be pre- sented for all the nation in Oc- tober 2022, during our national Future Realised event. We really can't wait to see what great con- cepts they will come up with. Good luck all!" EY is one of world's largest finance, consulting and tech firms with an office in Malta of over 300 exceptional people and 300,000 all around the world. They spend their days thinking of ways to build a better working world, helping to create long- term value for clients, people and society. To find out more about the competition and to register until 31 January: en_mt/events/student-competi- tion

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