Raising Public Awareness on Best International CSR Standards and Sharing Best Practices

The Project’s main objective is to raise awareness about best practices and international standards of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate philanthropy. The Project also fosters partnerships among local government, business and society to jointly address social and economic challenges facing the local communities.

In 2014-2015:
• Through weekly e-bulletin “CSR in Ukraine”, EEF informs over 7 000 regular readers, including the representatives of business, international donor organizations, local authorities, NGOs and the mass media about best CSR practices, international standards, non-financial reporting, new sector initiatives, etc.
• For the fourth year running, EEF is chaired by the European Business Association’s CSR Committee. The Committee is a unique platform that helps not only to promote CSR throughout Ukraine but also brings all stakeholders together to discuss important initiatives in the area of corporate social responsibility development in Ukraine.
• EEF announced an already traditional 4th Corporate Volunteering in Ukraine contest – 2014-2015. The purpose of the contest is to distinguish companies which develop and actively implement volunteer programs designed to solve important social problems and overcome the consequences of conflicts. The contest also tasks to disseminate corporate volunteering practices as a tool for rapid response to pressing social needs. The contest was initiated by East Europe Foundation in partnership with the Global Compact Network Ukraine and the Ukrainian Philanthropists Forum promoted by kontrakty.ua, delo.ua, Ekonomika Communication Hub and the European Business Association.

In 2013
• By means of a weekly e-bulletin called “CSR in Ukraine,” EEF informs its more than 7,000 readers, including representatives of large companies, SMEs, international development organizations, local authorities, NGOs and the mass media, about the best Ukrainian practices in CSR, plus international standards, non-financial reporting, new initiatives in this area and more.
• For the third year in a row, EEF has chaired the European Business Association’s CSR Committee. The Committee is a welcome platform that helps not only to promote CSR throughout Ukraine but also to involve all stakeholders in discussing important initiatives in the area of CSR. In particular, as a member of a working group created to develop a national strategy for CSR development, EEF in 2013 worked on strategy development and conducted stakeholders meetings of the EBA CSR Committee to receive feedback and recommendations from all interested parties.

2012
• By means of a weekly e-bulletin called “CSR in Ukraine,” EEF informs its more than 7,000 readers, including representatives of large companies, SMEs, international development organizations, local authorities, NGOs and the mass media, presenting the best Ukrainian practices in CSR, international standards, non-financial reporting, new initiatives in this area and more.
• For a third year in a row EEF and the UN Global Compact Network in Ukraine, the European Business Association, the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine and the Ukrainian Philanthropists Forum have run its national Corporate Volunteering in Ukraine contest. This year EEF received nearly 20 applications. An evaluation was conducted according to a methodology developed by British organization Business in the Community, a known leader in CSR and corporate volunteering. The contest was also aimed at promoting volunteering among Ukrainian companies and included nominations in the categories of Life Quality Improvement, Education, Culture, the Environment, Joint Initiatives Involving Businesses and NGOs, and Best Volunteer.
The winners by category were as follows:
1) Life Quality Improvement: Metinvest and the Mykolayiv Alumina Refinery.
2) Education: Ernst & Young Ukraine
3) Culture: Coca-Cola Beverages
4) The Environment: Prykarpattyaoblenergo
5) Joint Initiatives Involving Businesses and NGOs: PwC (winner among large businesses) and Bud-Bud from Lubny Poltava oblast (winner among small businesses);
Best Corporate Volunteers:
1st place – Igor Dzhebyan, Kyivstar
2nd place – Yuliya Stepanchenko and Lyudmila Remsha, KraftFoods Ukraine
3rd place – Anna Repkina-Van Velen, DHL Express Ukraine.

Programs presented by companies brightly demonstrated how businesses can contribute their company’s expertise and the experience, energy, skills and time of company employees to solve various issues. Corporate volunteers help orphans and vulnerable youth better integrate into society and feel confident about their future, plus they offer schoolchildren and students new practical skills and unique knowledge which are not taught in schools and universities. Companies can be very active in protecting nature and preserving historical and cultural spaces