Business Partnerhsips Programme (PARTNER)
Croatia and CSR
UNDP actively participates in creating preconditions for greater competitiveness of the Croatian economy, with special focus on companies, by promoting Corporate Social Responsibility practices and business-friendly policies, as well as partnerships between public and private sector. UNDP is promoting the introduction of corporate governance standards, development of an index for measuring corporate social responsibility, support to transparent regulatory frameworks relating to the business environment, and promotion of sustainable development and investment in underdeveloped areas.
Through the work of the national Global Compact network, which was launched in March 2007, UNDP wishes to provide a neutral platform for defining joint priorities and partnership projects that can serve as a vehicle for getting private sector tangibly involved in addressing national and local development issues, thereby offering its contribution to the overall process of development.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is treated as means for achieving the Lisbon agenda to make the EU highly competitive in the global market. UNDP supports government efforts to meet this challenge by raising awareness and building technical capacities of Croatian companies to implement CSR practices and promote business-friendly policies (more on CSR practices and tools on http://unglobalcompact.undp.hr/show.jsp?page=110238).
The role of UNDP
UNDP plays a convening role to facilitate new, business-led partnerships that encourage entrepreneurship, improve standards of corporate practice, and promote sustainable development and investment in underdeveloped areas. It is expected that several key challenges identified jointly with the companies using Global Compact local network will be addressed through UNDP-supported initiatives.
The programme strategy has three linked components:
Establishing the capacity for domestic leadership and self-financing options for continued CSR development in Croatia are the main UNDP's objectives in the forthcoming years. The key activities that need to be completed to achieve these objectives include the following: expansion and development of the Global Compact network; capacity building and support for advocacy groups; delivery of media training; promotion of CSR reporting standards; CSR resources for SME sector; promotion of CSR; promotion of responsible consumption amongst the public; development of a register of partnership opportunities; development of an Innovation Bank; securing CSR-related incentives, including tax subsidies and other incentives; integration of sustainability requirements in State procurement processes; improvement to environmental standards; and continued judicial reform.
Key partners of the programme include private sector companies, line Ministries, opinion leaders among the business community, the Croatian Employer's Association and Chamber of Economy, National Competitiveness Council, Trade unions, NGOs, professional associations, academic institutions, and the media. Expected donors are bi-lateral donors, businesses and the Government of Croatia. Strategic links between the Business Partnerships programme with other programmes include: links with environment agenda especially on the climate change issues, engaging business around issues such as employment of people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, relying on UNDP's knowledge hub facility for delivering Global Compact learning agenda, etc.
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