Responsible Business Leaders can help solve societal problems

1„The responsible business has a grant task ahead of it currently, given that peoples trust in it is very high, over 80% of individuals expect it to solve problems, while the state is in the background. Businesses are burdened with the expectation to respond to any problems and look for opportunities. It has a strong side to it, namely that it is inherent to seek solutions to problems, to innovate, do try, to find creative solutions to a variety of situations and after that to offer them to people.“, sajr Darina Georgieva, executive director of Local Network Bulgaria. „So the role of the leaders in the UN Global Compact Network Bulgaria, from what we observe in our daily work is to think in the long run, to think about their employees, to think and work with care for the environment in which they operate. as there are many companies in the chemical industry, mining, energy, telecommunications and they cannot work in the isolation in their “cube” alone. They are connected to their employees, their customers and the environment and their role is to think in all directions and to implement this responsible in their strategies and way of work, with thought for all these groups.“, she added.

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The Bulgarian Arctic Expedition Team, top influencers and professionals, essential for all of us, in a discussion for future professions during the virtual “Festival of Professions” 2020

BAZAR_baners2“The Festival of Professions” 2020 will bring together in a virtual studio leading names from various professional fields for conversations and discussions about the future of their professions and the paths, which they reveal. The Festival, organized by the UN Global Compact Local Network Bulgaria, was held on November 28 (Saturday) 2020, from 10:00 to 17:00, with live streaming on YouTube and Facebook channels of the Network. The sixth edition of the initiative will be released as an online conference, led by journalists from TeenStation and will include live participants in the program. The festival is intended for children and young people in the age group 9-16, parents and teachers.

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3000 online meetings with professionals during the virtual edition of “Proud of my Parents’ work” 2020

FB_Event_1920x1005The virtual edition of “Proud of my Parents’ work” attracted over 3000 views. 5 companies from different economic sectors responded to the challenge of conducting the event online, from the industrial sector and the service sector: mining and energy industry, financial, logistics and IT services, Assarel-Medet, Aurubis, DZI, ContourGlobal Maritsa Iztok 3, UBB, Overgas, Postbank, TechnoLogica and Transpress “opened their doors” for a virtual walk with the kids and an online introduction with the occupations of their parents.

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Business without corruption

3In 2020, Bulgaria ranks last among the member states of the European Union: 69th out of 180 countries in the world, according to Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index. We continue to rank last in the EU, this time sharing the last spot with Hungary and Romania with an index value of 44 points. Values below 50 are an indicator of a systematic problem with corruption and an ineffective fight against this problem. Suspicions of corruption affect both the highest levels of government and the local administration, the latter being most visible to citizens.

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Beyond CSR or is a future without sustainability possible?

1We 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.

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2020 – the year of responsible actions and collective efforts for a better future

1Last 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.

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Business in Bulgaria – responsibility, sustainability and solidarity

08.18.2018-Kofi-AnnanThe 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”.

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UNGC Local Network Bulgaria Annual Report 2019

CaptureThe 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.

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More than 200 viewers from around the world joined the Bulgarian session, part of the UN Global Compact Virtual Leaders Summit “Recover Better, Recover Stronger, Recover Together”

DSC_3705The 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,

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World business in a time of crisis – responsibility and solidarity

0In 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.

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