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Boutique practice nominated for business peace award

A suburban Sydney financial planning practice has been nominated by the NSW Business Chamber as the Australian nominee for the 2013 International Business for Peace Award.

Quantum Financial principals Tim and Claire Mackay were nominated in recognition of their volunteer work, which sees 10 to 15 per cent of their working hours allocated to providing pro bono financial advice to needy and disadvantaged segments of the community.

The Mackays – who are both certified financial planners and chartered accountants, and hold degrees in commerce, economics, law and business administration between them -
were previously awarded the Excellence in Business Ethics NSW State Award and were joint finalists in the NSW Leadership NSW State Award.

The Oslo-based Business for Peace Foundation states “inspirational business leaders are identified by the global networks of the International Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations Development Program, in collaboration with the Business for Peace Foundation.”

An independent jury will choose seven honourees from 90 nominated companies from 60 countries. The jury includes two Nobel prize winners: Muhammad Yunus, whose Grameen Bank pioneered micro-lending worldwide, and Michael Spence, Professor Emeritus of Management at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

The award ceremony will be held in Oslo, Norway, in May.