PANECO FOUNDER REGINA FREY RECEIVES ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD
Today, the founder of our foundation was awarded with the «Trophée de Femmes». Each year, the «Fondation Yves Rocher» honours women who achieved something truly remarkable for our environment.
This year, for the 10th time, the environmental foundation «Fondation Yves Rocher» was looking for women who, either on a national or international scale, contributed to the cause for a healthy environment and the preservation of natural habitats. These are women who demonstrated an extraordinary personal commitment. Each year, the foundation awards three women with the environmental prize «Trophée de Femmes». This year, PanEco founder Regina Frey and the orang utan conservation program initiated by her won the first prize and a cash award of EUR 5000.–. The jury commended Regina Frey’s unrelenting fight for the protection of the Sumatra orang utans who are threatened with extinction and for their habitat, the tropical rainforest. The jury members were impressed by the holistic nature of the project which also comprises environmental education in Indonesia and in Switzerland.
The jury members were representatives of the «Fondation Yves Rocher», of Swiss environmental organizations and of the media. The panel selected three prizewinners for the environmental award. The award ceremony for the national prize in Switzerland took place in the guild house «zur Meisen» today. As the winner of the first prize in Switzerland Regina Frey will participate in the competition for the international prize «Prix Terre de Femmes» in Paris.
The «Fondation Yves Roches» is a foundation under the umbrella of the «Institut de France». The goal of the foundation is the protection and conservation of nature and also giving support to women who are pursuing the same goal. Worldwide, the environmental foundation of the French cosmetics manufacturer is active in the protection of environment and nature in over 50 countries.
The Swiss prize winners of recent years impressed with their commitment: Liri Hefti-Seopa Ruiz, winner in 2015, founded an environmental school in the rainforest. Prize winner in 2014 Katja Hugenschmidt campaigns for a «green Basle» and Irene Pfister won the prize in 2009 for her work towards an improvement of nutrition and living conditions in Ethiopia. We are delighted that Regina Frey is now part of this esteemed group.