Through this initiative UNIDO aimed at promoting the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility in Central and Eastern Europe.
This initiative is to be understood as a progression of the first CSR project UNIDO conducted in the Region (Croatia).
The first UNIDO Regional Forum on CSR for Central and Eastern Europe was held in Zagreb, Croatia, on 9-10 March 2006. The event brought together top political leaders, business executives and experts, to launch a broad discussion on policy and company interventions.
Objectives of the forum:
Representatives from the CEE Region participating in the Forum were traditionally familiar with CSR concepts and values, but their potentials have not been fully exploited. Evidences on achieved improvements by Croatian SMEs motivated a vibrant debate on the modalities of transferring Croatian experiences to other countries in the CEE Region.
The following four countries were selected to carry out national awareness raising events: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia. In that context, UNIDO has organized one CSR conference in each target country, providing guidance in particular to SMEs and advisory institutions in terms of CSR implementation.