The Beginnings of Modern Corporate Responsibility and Governance
To recognise good governance and vision, Eduardo De Santis creates the Gold Mercury International Awards. The first Gold Mercury Awards were presented in Rome in November 1961 under the auspices of Italian President Giuseppe Saragat. The key motivation for granting the Awards was to recognise the initiatives of companies and government towards promoting peace and cooperation, good governance practices and international trade. Today, the Gold Mercury International Award has achieved international recognition as a symbol of Visionary Governance and leadership. Over the years, Gold Mercury International has been honored by the patronage and participation in its Award ceremonies and conferences by many world leaders and historic figures including US President Ronald Reagan, H.M. King Juan Carlos I of Spain, H.E. Anwar Sadat President of Egypt, United Nations Secretary General Dr. Boutros Boutros Ghali, Italian Presidents H.E. Giovanni Leone and H.E. Giuseppe Saragat, Sheikh Khalifia bin Sulman Al-Khalifia of Bahrain and Leonid Breznev, Supreme Leader of the Soviet Union.
Gold Mercury International Award adopted the Roman and Greek God Mercury (Hermes) as its symbol. Mercury (Hermes) was the mythological messenger of the gods and patron of trade & commerce. Mercury was regarded as a great mediator and able to reconcile disparate or contradictory beliefs by amalgamating practices of various schools of thought. The original Gold Mercury statue was designed (circa 1564) by the Flemish sculptor Jean Boulogne. The symbol represents our values of visionary leadership, excellence in governance and peace through cooperation and commerce.