The Medal «For labours useful to the society» was initiated in 1762 by Russian Empress Catherine the Great as Russia's first award for civil merits.

It was publicly renewed in Russia in May 2003 in the course of 300-th anniversary of Saint-Petersburg. It was redesigned in its traditional form bearing the original medallic image of Catherine the Great made in 1762 by T. Ivanov and I.-G. Vekhter, masters of Petersburg Mint. These days the medal is made at Moscow Mint.

The Medal was revived by the Institute for European Integration and currently is awarded by London Business Club «Greenwich» upon the recommendation from Russian National Organization for Quality. The Act of Medal Award is signed by Gennady Voronin, President of Russian National Organization for Quality, Chairman of the Product Quality Committee of the Russian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Doctor of Economics, Doctor of Engineering, Full Member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), UK, Professor.

The laureates of the Medal «For labours useful to the society» come from all walks of life illustrating the variety of deeds serving to the increment of public good. This medal was awarded to the Rector of Gerasimov School of Cinematography, a stage designer from Vladivostok, the Director of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, the director of Petersburg City Library for Children, to name just a few. The award was conferred on Federal public officials, diplomats, industrialists and businessmen.

Many enterprises ranking among the leaders of national economy have nominated their labour associations for the medal to mark their anniversary. The ceremony of award when the legendary medal is presented to the leading team members has invariably enhanced the team spirit acknowledging people's input into the public good.

Leading Russian and foreign public figures (positions are quoted as of the date of the award) are among the recipients of the Award:

Jean-Louis Hoerlé – Chairman of the Chamber of commerce and industry of Strasbourg and the Lower Rhine

Uwe Lehmann-Brauns – Vice-President of Berlin Parliament

Richard Schmitz – First Vice-President of the Baden-Wuertemberg Chamber of commerce and industry Germany, Karlsruhe

Gerard Noden – Vice-President of the Alsace Committee of French Foreign Trade Advisors (CCE)

Hans Gueldenberg – Nestle's managing director for Russia (Switzerland)

Lennart Dahlgren – Director General of IKEA in Russia (Sweden)

Sergey V. Kalashnikov – Minister for Labour and Social Development of Russian Federation

Eugeny Yu. Sidorov – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Ambassador at large of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of RF, Minister for Culture of RF (1992-1997)

Mikhail Piotrovsky – Director General of the State Hermitage Museum

Hans Gueldenberg,
Nestle's managing director
for Russia (Switzerland)
Lennart Dahlgren,
Director General of
IKEA in Russia (Sweden)

REGULATION On Medal «For labours useful to the society»

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