Croatia's performance on corporate social responsibility improving
Better sectoral cooperation needed to comply with European Union standards
A lot has been achieved in Croatia in the past several years when it comes to the promotion and integration of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in business practices. A number of companies are using the guidelines on this business approach in reporting, and many of them are included in the ranking of companies within the CSR Index. However, additional efforts are needed, and all sectors need to join their efforts, in order for this concept fully to take root. These are some of the main conclusions of the Second National CSR Conference, which was organized by the National CSR Network and attracted more than 100 participants.
ZAGREB, 25 February 2011
Croatian businesses discuss how to become more disability-friendly
Employers see business benefits from attracting staff and customers with disabilities
Executives from major Croatian companies, including Coca-Cola, Ernst & Young, Ina, Kuehne + Nagel, Oikon, Zvijezda, Croatian Telecom, and the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR), debated the benefits of attracting employees and customers with disabilities today at the Employers Forum on Disability in Croatia, a seminar organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Croatian Employment Service, the Global Compact, and the Fund for the Professional Rehabilitation and Employment of Persons with Disabilities. Expert advice was provided by Susan Scott-Parker, founder and chief executive of the British Employer's Forum on Disability (EFD), an employers' organization whose members account for some 20 percent of the UK workforce.
ZAGREB, 27 January 2011
Leading Croatian companies learn how to go "green"
UNDP experts share best practices for energy efficiency in the workplace
Representatives from 13 leading Croatian companies received tips on reducing corporate energy consumption during a Green Office workshop organized today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Executives from Cemex, Combis, Dalekovod, Elka kabeli, Ernst & Young, Hauska & Partner, HBOR, INA, INGRA, Kraš, Podravka, VIPnet, and T-HT, were advised by UNDP energy efficiency experts Sandra Magajne and Sanja Horvat. The companies are all members of the Global Compact, a UN corporate social responsibility network.
ZAGREB, 1 June 2010
European Commission endorses the Creation of Croatian CSR Platform
The European Commission has endorsed the creation of a CSR platform for the Republic of Croatia, beginning June 1, 2010. The project is expected to last two years based on Commission funding, led by the Croatian Business Council for Sustainable Development. Global Compact has full partnership in this project whereas the associated project partners are: Croatian Chamber of Economy (HGK), Croatian Banking Association (HUB), Croatian employers association (HUP), Croatian Trade Union Association (HUS), Faculty of Economics and Business University of Zagreb. The goal of the initiative is to raise the level of understanding and importance of CSR in Croatia.
Zagreb, 24 April 2009
How to report on corporate social responsibility
Workshop on "How to prepare communication on progress (COP) for UN Global Compact" was held in Zagreb on the 17 and 24 April 2009. It was organized by local Global Compact Network, initiative that promotes corporate social responsibility (CSR), administrated by UNDP's Business Partnerships Programme and Croatian Business Council for Sustainable Development (HRPSOR). The workshop was managed by Mirjana Matešić (director of HRPSOR) and Marina Škrabalo (director of MAP Counseling). They presented the practical gains from reporting on CSR as well as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) which includes reporting on CSR and sustainable development. Workshop answered a lot of questions and possible issues that companies might have when reporting on CSR got clarified.
17 December 2008
''Accelerating CSR practices''
Report presentation at the conference ''Integrating strategic management and CSR''
Conference on corporate social responsibility ''Integrating strategic management and CSR'' was held today at hotel Sheraton, Zagreb. The conference was jointly organized by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Business.hr and Global Compact Croatia, in cooperation with Croatian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CBCSD), with the goal to further educate the Global Compact members. Moreover, there was a presentation of the very first comprehensive baseline analysis of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Croatia – ''Accelerating CSR practices in the new EU member states and candidate countries as a vehicle for harmonization, competitiveness, and social cohesion in the EU'', funded by the European Commission and the UNDP.
ZAGREB, 17 December 2008
Croatia needs laws on corporate social responsibility
During the conference on corporate social responsibility in 2008, Yuri Afanasiev, the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program in Croatia, stated that "a lot changes daily around the world, but the attitude towards business will transform intrinsically. In other words, business and society will no longer be able to remain separate." The conference was organized by Business.hr and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on the integration of strategic management and CSR. The event took place in Zagreb at the Sheraton Hotel.
15 November 2008
Launch of Corporate Social Responsibility Index
Launch of joint project by the CCE and the CBCSD
CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Index was announced at the press conference on November 17 at the Croatian Chamber of Economy (CCE) premises. In cooperation with UNDP Croatia and AED, CCE and CBCSD (Croatian Business Council for Sustainable Development) have initiated the project for creating methodology to assess CSR practices of Croatian companies. The aforementioned methodology is known as the CSR Index. The Index has been developed by a group of Croatian experts in line with similar methodologies, especially Business in Community CR Index. The goal of the methodology is to enable objective assessment of one's own socially responsible practices and comparison with practices of other companies.
Otocac, 21 February 2008
„Every drop matters – Revive the Gacka River" – Workshop for caterers
The first in the series of workshops for entrepreneurs in the tourism sector was held in Otočac on 21st February 2008, within the UNDP and The Coca Cola Company, project „Every drop matters – Revive the Gacka River", with the Croatian Chamber of Economy – County Chamber Otočac as a local partner. The workshop's objective is to train caterers and improve their skills and knowledge in order to enhance catering and tourist services in general.
ZAGREB, 25 January 2008
Project "Every Drop Matters - Revive the Gacka River" Continues
The Regional Project Steering Committee Meeting for the "Every Drop Matters" Project took place in Croatia, from 16 - 18 January 2008. It was the first time that the Steering Committee met outside Turkey, the site of the Regional Project, and visited the project location in Croatia – Otočac and the river Gacka. Members of the Steering Committee comprising representatives from the Coca Cola Company and UNDP met for the first time in Zagreb at UNDP Country Office in Croatia offices , to discuss progress in countries currently involved in this initiative : Croatia, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Romania, and approve new project proposals by two new countries – Armenia and Ukraine.
ZAGREB, 21 September 2007
Primary School Children from Otočac Visited the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Zagreb
Coca-Cola and UNDP educate the youngest on water management
As part of the "Every Drop Matters–Revive the River" project, implemented at the Gacka river by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with The Coca-Cola Company in Croatia, primary school children from Otočac visited the Coca-Cola Bottling plant in Zagreb. The visit was an award to pupils from "Zrinski Frankopan" Primary School in Otočac who participated in the art contest entitled "Every drop matters", "How do I perceive the Gacka River?" and "Why is water important?". 60 pupils and their teachers had an opportunity to see how the popular soft drink is produced, but also how different types of waste are being separated during production, and the water coming out form the plant into a lake full of fish, thanks to waste water treatment plant.
ZAGREB, 17 July 2007
Ready Steady Go
Workshop on how business can engage their employees in the community
On 17th July 2007, a group of Human Resources and Communications Managers from leading Croatian businesses planed and implemented an innovative and engaging experience to support two community projects in Zagreb. The activity is part of a two-day UNDP Croatia 'Ready, Steady, Go' workshop, designed by The International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) and Impact Development Training Group, where the companies focus on the practical steps of how businesses can engage their employees in the community.
ZAGREB, 20 June 2007
Every Drop of Water in Croatia Matters
The Coca-Cola Company in Croatia and UNDP Introduced the Croatian Waters Protection Project
The Coca-Cola Company in Croatia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) introduced a partner project 'Every drop matters – revive the Gacka River!'', aimed at protection of rich water resources of the Gacka River drainage area, and promotion of preservation of waters in Croatia. Additionally, the Coca-Cola Company expert team created a recognizable tourist brand for local products, thus encouraging and capacitating the local population for development of tourism. One of the long-term goals of this project, which will be implemented during the following three years, is to build Centar za vode (Water Centre) at the Gacka River – as a source of information on Croatian rivers, drinking water and the sea for the local population, for all citizens of Croatia and for the tourists. The Coca-Cola Company in Croatia will allocate more than two million Kuna for the project the strategy of which was presented at the press conference on June 20 2007.
ZAGREB, 4 June 2007
Personal Financial Management: How to Balance Income and Expenses?
Free Workshops for all Croatian Citizens
After successfully implementing the pilot phase, Croatian Banking Association (HUB) and nine of its members: Erste & Steiermärkische Bank, Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank, OTP bank, Privredna banka Zagreb, Raiffeisenbank Austria, Slavonska banka, Societe Generale Splitska banka, Volksbank and Zagrebačka banka, in cooperation with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), are organizing free interactive workshops for the citizens of eight Croatian cities (Dubrovnik, Osijek, Pula, Rijeka, Split, Varaždin, Zadar and Zagreb), as part of the Personal Financial Management Project.
Otocac, 29 March 2007
Every Drop Matters - Revive the Gacka River!
MoU between UNDP and Croatian Chamber of Commerce signed as part of the Coca-Cola and UNDP project
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) Otocac County Chamber have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Otocac today, as part of The Coca-Cola Company and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Croatia partner pilot-project entitled "Preserve and Revive the River – Every Drop Matters". The MoU was signed by Yuri Afanasiev, UNDP Resident Representative in Croatia and Joso Brajkovic, President of HGK Otocac County Chamber. Boska Trbojevic, Coca-Cola Beverages Hrvatska d.d. corporate communications and PR assistant manager, attended the signing ceremony.
Zagreb, 21 March 2007
Croatia became a part of UN initiative bringing together over 3800 members from 100 countries
More than 70 Croatian companies joined the national Global Compact network
The fact that companies from Croatia became a part of Global Compact, a UN international initiative, was celebrated yesterday. More than 70 companies, business associations and NGOs that, by joining Global Compact, form Croatian national Global Compact network were presented. The ceremony on the occasion of Croatian companies joining this international initiative was opened by Yuri Afanasiev, UNDP Resident Representative in Croatia, who was joined by the President of the Republic of Croatia Stjepan Mesić, who delivered a welcoming speech. The ceremony was enhanced by the address of Mads Řvlisen, special advisor and member of the Global Compact Board, Milan Horvat, FIMA Grupa Board President, and, through video conference, Miroslav Radman, head of MedILS.
Zagreb, 20 November 2006
UNDP at Nordic Days
Nordic Days in Croatia are a joint export promotion - conference fair organized for the third consecutive year by the Nordic embassies (Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish) and the Nordic Chamber of Commerce, 20-21 November at Zagreb Fair, with the purpose of promoting Nordic and Croatian companies, products, technology and know-how. The idea of Nordic Days in Croatia is to bring together Nordic and Croatian companies from the construction and infrastructure sector in business-stimulating surroundings with the purpose of initiating negotiations, exchange of ideas and contacts for new partnerships.
Vienna, 19 June 2006
The Government of Austria, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) are organising the international forum "Responsible Investing – A forum to promote corporate social responsibility and facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships in Southeast Europe, the new EU member states and the Commonwealth of Independent States". The Forum will be held at the Vienna International Centre, from 19th to 20th June, 2006.
Zagreb, 20 December 2005
UNDP PRESENTED "WINNING WITH INTEGRITY" MANUAL ON CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
A manual on corporate social responsibility entitled "Winning With Integrity" was presented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to the representatives of business, non-profit organisations and media in Zagreb on 20 December. The manual represents the crown of the "Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility/Quality Workplace" project which was launched last year. The objective of the project is to promote the concept and practice of corporate social responsibility in Croatia.