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Prof. Stjepan Orešković honored as inaugural winner of the Nikola Tesla Award for Ethical Business
Prof. Stjepan Orešković, the President of the Supervisory Board of IEDC - Bled School of Management has been honored as the first recipient of the prestigious Nikola Tesla Award for Ethical Business.

Zagreb, July 10, 2023Stjepan Orešković, the President of the Supervisory Board of IEDC - Bled School of Management has been honored as the first recipient of the prestigious Nikola Tesla Award for Ethical Business. The award was presented by Transparency International Croatia and the Nikola Tesla Association - Genius for the Future on July 10, 2023, as part of the celebrations for Nikola Tesla's 167th birthday and the National Day of Science, Technology, and Innovation in Croatia.

After an extensive evaluation process that assessed various aspects of business operations within Croatian corporations and involved more than 200 reputable entrepreneurs, Stjepan Orešković emerged as the award winner. As a member of the European Academy of Science and Arts, an esteemed university professor, an active researcher engaged in international scientific projects, and a major owner of Mplus, a highly successful BPTO company with a workforce of over 13,000 employees operating across 16 countries and 57 markets, Orešković was recognized for his excellence and innovation in various fields.

Commenting on the evaluation process, the selection committee highlighted the importance of embodying Tesla's nobility and striving for the common good in today's corporate world. They emphasized the need to elevate business standards and foster positive relationships with the community, employees, and market partners. Additionally, investing in innovation and promoting ethics were recognized as crucial factors.

Supported by the European Union, this prestigious award seeks to inspire and encourage Croatian entrepreneurs to embrace innovation, creativity, and ethical principles in all aspects of society. It aligns perfectly with the core values and mission of IEDC - Bled School of Management. For over three decades, the school has prioritized the integration of ethics into its management programs, recognizing its pivotal role in shaping the leaders of tomorrow. A trailblazer in the field, IEDC - Bled School of Management expanded its curriculum in 2008 to include sustainable development, showcasing its innovative approach to addressing contemporary business challenges.

A recognition of ethical behavior and business practices

President of the Nikola Tesla Association - Genius for the Future, Dragica Mihajlović, explained the significance of the award, stating, "With this award, we aim to publicly recognize individuals and reward them for their work and business activities inspired by the actions of Nikola Tesla, primarily for their ethical behavior and business practices, as well as their humanism."

Davorka Budimir, Director of Transparency International Croatia, who presented the award, shared the same sentiment.

In his acceptance speech, Stjepan Orešković expressed his gratitude for the recognition:

"The foundation of our success lies in highly educated young people and the application of modern science and technology. Personally, Tesla, with whom I share my homeland, is a great intellectual and moral inspiration and pride. His birthday is a birthday of a different mankind."

The award ceremony took place during the three-day event "Tesla & Friends," which aimed to popularize Nikola Tesla's legacy and emphasize his significance to the world. The event attracted not only entrepreneurs but also scientists, students, pupils, and enthusiasts of the renowned Croatian and global inventor.

Attendees enjoyed demonstrations of Tesla's experiments, artistic projections, paying respects at Tesla's monument in Zagreb, the presentation of honorary awards, and the conference "Tesla in Zagreb - Water, the Foundation of Life."

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