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Corporate Social Responsibility for Small and Medium Enterprises

June 14, 2007
Corporate Social Responsibility for Small and Medium Enterprises

On June 12-13, 2007 United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and European Management Centre (EMC), with the support of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum (BBLF) organized a conference on the topic of "Corporate Social Responsibility for Small and Medium Businesses and Advisory Institutions in Bulgaria".

 

The event was attended by more than 100 business leaders from small as well as large enterprises, business associations, public institutions, NGOs, business support and advisory institutions in general, and the media. Among the official guests was Mr. Nick Leake, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy and Mr. Stanko Cmrecnjak, Council at the Embassy of Croatia.

 

There were special greetings from Mr. Vassil Voinov, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy; Ms. Nina Radeva, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Economy and Energy; Dr. Michael Angerer, Commercial Council of the Embassy of Austria; Mr. Kai Bethke, Industrial Development Officer of the UNIDO Headquarters; Mr. Neil Buhne, Resident Representative in Bulgaria and Mr. Fernando Pons Kanto, First Secretary of the European Commission Delegation in Sofia.

 

The aim of this conference was to establish and strength the ties to and among institutions and companies working towards ethical business conduct in the region, and to introduce the CSR methodology applied by UNIDO.

 

During the two days of the conference the participants had the chance to get an overview of recent CSR developments at global, regional and national levels, and to provide a platform to introduce and discuss various methodologies and initiatives in that respect. There was up-to-date information presented on issues such as ISO 26000, a new UNIDO CSR software tool (REAP), recent EU initiatives and the UN Global Compact's engagement in fighting corruption to name a few.


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