We live in the day after tomorrow, when the unthinkable, post-apocalyptic scenario, connected to the global pandemic, is coming to life. Reality is being rewritten and we are all witnesses and actors in it. The social systems, which were the basis for the network of societies, are being deconstructed, the well-known economic landscape is changing under the pressure of different countries, the vision (or the lack of) business leaders and the growing expectations of people as well.Details
Last year was challenging for all of us, but we learned that the UNGC community in Bulgaria is strong, because it is united around shared values and is ready for brave actions. The member companies proved that in times of crisis the policies of the four categories: Human Rights, Labor Standards, Environment and Anti-Corruption – sustained due to their universal value. They proved that successful business decisions come from caring for people and the environment. They proved that they appreciate the relationship with the local community but do not remain indifferent to the appeals of the more distant. They proved that business and civil society organizations complement each other with their actions and their synergy changes society resourcefully.Details
The universality of the 10 principles of the Global Compact is unarguable, but real benefit only exists when they are used creatively and with regard to local needs. That is why UNGC Network Bulgaria and the member companies are laying the groundwork for longlasting strategies for harmonious, collective actions, aimed at changing public perception. On the road to this change, communities are being built and significant results are being achieved through partnerships under the uniting label“Business as a force for good”.Details
The UNGC Local Network Bulgaria Annual Report for 2019 is published during the peak of a very difficult and unexpected year, which transformed our way of life and rearranged humanity’s agenda. 2020 is the year in which we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the world initiative UN Global Compact. In 2020 we also mark the 10-year anniversary of our Bulgarian Network for responsible companies, which, together with our members, affirms the principles of sustainable development and strives for the advancement of the Global Goals through collective action. The challenges we face in the present once again confirmed our belief for the universality of the principles in the four areas: Ensuring Human Rights, Labour, Protection of the Environment and Anticorruption. Last year, just like every other year, the Bulgarian Network realized projects, which aimed to improve society and the environment in which we live in. Education, healthcare, ecology and active citizenship are the foundations on which we stand on in order to be useful to our community. In the Annual Report you can familiarize yourself with examples of strategic initiatives, which were successfully realized in 2019 and planned for 2020. We are proud of our member companies, which, despite the shock of the pandemic, persevered. They withstood in the new reality and found ways to transform and adapt, without abandoning their socially responsible policies. They proved that the previously stated positions were not just meaningless words, but rather correspond to real action and that the principles of corporate sustainability are valid in both peaceful times and during extraordinary circumstances. We invite the readers of the report to familiarize themselves with the activities of the Bulgarian Network from last year, because these principles are embedded in them and as a result, they guided the companies and their communities through the unpredictable 2020.Details
The Bulgarian panel discussion was conducted in three consecutive sessions, focusing on the changes in business processes and the public, the redefinition of priorities and common practices, all possible thanks to shared common values. The participants in the discussion were Dimitar Tsotsorkov, Chairman of the Board at Assarel-Medet, Elitsa Barakova, executive director of the BCause foundation, Krasimir Nenov, executive director of ContourGlobal Maritsa Iztok 3, Silvia Peneva, managing partner at Deloitte Bulgaria and Ognian Trajanov, owner and CEO of TechnoLogica and chairman of the GC Local Network Bulgaria, moderator of the session,Details
In another time the United Nations would call for sustainable solutions of the biggest challenges in the world – from poverty and equality, to climate change and decrease of inequalities. Unfortunately, the expectations for more ambition and immediacy were given an unexpected impetus at the beginning of the year. The good news in this situation is that today we all participate – separately or together, on a local or global level.
The COVID-19 pandemic appeared to be a litmus which brought the willingness, the dedication and the compassion of the private sector for social welfare to the forefront.Details
The COVID-19 epidemic is an unprecedented challenge for all: public entities, business, the NGO sector and the citizens.
Throughout the storm, business didn’t withdraw. On the contrary, it fought to adapt to the new reality with regard to human rights.Details
The fifth edition of the unique initiative “Bazaar of professions” attracted close to 2000 students, teachers and parents, 20 companies and organizations and more than 40 lecturers in the two days it was held.
The Bazaar is the largest public exhibition where companies and professionals have the opportunity to introduce students to different occupations. Its goal is to enable children to think about their future profession long before they have to make that life choice. Read moreDetails
4 November 2019
During the event professionals from all types of industries revealed the secrets of different occupations in an interesting way for the kids – engineer, chemist, geologist, botanist, banker, insurance agent, financier, marketing specialist, tailor, car mechanic, athlete, fireman, landscape architect, freighter, procurator, programmer, 3D artist and many more. Each company presented their occupations in an off-beat fashion though educational games, work-shops, quizzes and work with 3D printers and scanners. Read moreDetails
United Nations Global Compact Network Bulgaria celebrated the World Environment Day with a kick-off event whose purpose was to inform the society about the health risks caused by air pollution, and to draw the attention on the engagement of business with this issue. World Environment Day is a UN initiative aiming to stimulate the international awareness and actions towards nature conservation and protection.Details