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Ethics in Business and Leadership: "The Time is Right, Now!"

 

March 23, 2013

 
 



Bled (Slovenia) 22 March 2013: IEDC is a partner and a host of the first National Ethics in Business Symposium in Slovenia, organized by World Forum for Ethics in Business and Fokus 2031.

"There is enough for everyone's need but not for everyone's greed", stresses a keynote speaker at the conference His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Co-founder of the World Forum for Ethics in Business, founder of the International Association for Human Values and founder of the Art of Living.

President of the Republic Slovenia, H. E. Mr. Borut Pahor gives a keynote address, stressing: "Schools should not only educate, but also integrate an ethical dimension to their curriculum." 

The National Ethics in Business Symposium, organized by the World Forum for Ethics in Business  (a registered public interest foundation based in Belgium) brings together 160 prominent leaders from business, politics, academia, civil society to dialogue on the pressing need to strengthen human values and ethics in business.

Welcoming speech is given by Prof. Danica Purg, IEDC, who says: "The weakness of the neo-liberal philosophy lies in two elements. First of all, the idea that you are allowed to maximize your interest at the expense of others, and secondly, related to the first point, the lack of personal ethical standards." She concludes by adding a new command to the ten commands: “Thou shall be honest (and reliable) in doing business”.

 


Honest Business as a Factor of Growth and the Driver of Change

 

December 8, 2011

 
 



Within the frame of its celebrated Project Ethos, the UN Global Compact Slovenia in partnership with Ekvilib Institute and The Managers' Association of Slovenia has organized a Round Table “Honest Business as a Factor of Growth and the Driver of Change” dedicated to the International Day of Anti-Corruption; the event brought together over a hundred representatives of business, government, civil society and media who discussed and promoted the vision of honest and fair business as a factor of growth, competitiveness, and positive change. Speakers also presented best practices and real-life solutions for assuring honest and fair business; UNGC Slovenia’s Declaration for Honest Business, launched in 2011 and signed by 43 institutions to date is playing an important role among them.

At the Round Table, moderated by Rok Praprotnik, Deputy to the President of Anti-Corruption Commission of Slovenia, the participating speakers Dejan Turk, Board President of Si.Mobil and President of Managers’ Association of Slovenia, Matjaž Rakovec, Board President of Triglav Insurance, Anton Panjan, President of District Court of Ljubljana, Alexander Picker, Board President of Hypo Alpe Adria Bank, have faced their opinions, experiences and arguments. Mr. Panjan’s answer to the question »What is a honest business?« was: »It's when the managers keep their word«! The speakers agreed that the period 2000-2008 was crucial for demolition of basic values in business and mutual relationships, also because the managers were entrusted, but at the same time there was a lack of control. Due to various affairs and scandals around the globe and also in Slovenia, the awareness of the need to promote honest, ethical and responsible business has significantly grown. Business representatives at the Round Table spoke with no hesitation about ways and means of their anti-corruption actions; they discussed on various internal integrated systems, which secure honest business, and on the content of the binding ethical codex and other documents. They agreed that it is company managements that need to set an example and show that with implementation of internal integrated systems, transparent business and binding ethical caudexes every company can work in the manners of “honest business” , which results in its growth and development.

Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, Vice-President of UNGC Slovenia: “This Round Table is continuation of many initiatives within our ongoing anti-corruption efforts, united under the umbrella of UNGC Slovenia's Project Ethos. We need to have more deep, honest, and practical conversations between business, government, and civil society, and I am happy that tonight it was exactly this kind of quality dialogue.”

 


UNGC Slovenia supports Cradle-to-Cradle project

 

21 November, 2011

 
 



The UNGC Slovenia and Managers' Association of Slovenia support the  Cradle-to-Cradle project, led by Slovenia's  Government Office for Development and European Affairs. The Presentation of the concept C2C for improving competitiveness, setting different business models and new opportunities on the market, was held 23 November 2011 at Museum for architecture and design, Fužine castle, Ljubljana.

In the frame of the event, we discussed on how to develop system conditions in order to stimulate environmental innovation as well as enable sustainable, environmentally friendly operation without harmful waste; Slovenian and foreign best practices in this field were presented, while we talked also about the possibilities of financial support to eco-investments.

The event, organized by Government Office for Development and European Affairs in cooperation with JAPTI - Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Entrepreneurship and Foreign Investments, was held in the frame of the 6th Slovenian Innovation Forum.

 


The Declaration on Fair Business ready to be signed by Slovene companies and other organizations

 

Bled 20 June, 2011

 
 



After months of work and multiple feedback sessions with members of the Slovene business community, the Anti-Corruption Task Force of the UN Global Compact Slovenia is proud to present Declaration of Fair Business. All Slovenian companies and other organizations (e.g. NGOs, municipalities etc.) are welcome to sign the Declaration and become a part of multi-sector and cross-boundary effort to support and promote transparent, honest, and fair business environment for a more competitive economy.
Signed declaration is expected to be sent at UNGC Slovenia, Presernova cesta 33, 4260 Bled by 30 June 2011.

The Declaration of Fair Business is a document which will bind the signatories to transparent and fair business, to enclose the anti-corruption clause into all contracts exceeding EUR 10,000 and to mutually inform the signatories on potential violations of the declaration. The Declaration, prepared by Anti-Corruption Task Force, in the frame of UN Global Compact Slovenia, was initially presented as a draft at the conference “Fairness as a Source of Sustainable National Competitiveness” on 20 January 2011.

The Declaration is the first output of the Project Ethos, which has been in place for several months and is in line with tenth principle of UN Global Compact (the issue of anti-corruption as one of the drivers of sustainable development). The mission of project Ethos is to establish mechanisms, processes and know-how with which the economy would be able to proactively and following their own initiative (without pressure of repressive organs) fight corruption and increase compliance to ethical and legal norms. Thus, the risk would decrease on a long-term, whereas the healthy competitiveness of companies and economic environment as a whole would increase.

The members of the Anti-Corruption Task Force are representatives of UNGC Slovenia members, government institutions (Anti-Corruption Commission, Court of Audits), representatives of interested companies and independent experts. Declaration introduces the principles of Partnering Against Corruption (PACI) as a guideline for creating and improving compliance programs in signatories. PACI Initiative was launched by World Economic Forum, initiated by large companies from engineering and construction sector (among others ABB, AMEC, Skanska) and supported by large oil companies (Petronas, Chevron, Rio Tinto Alcan, Saudi Aramco in StatoilHydro).

All organizations that will sign the Declaration on Fair Business will annually meet at Assembly of signatories where they will discuss possible amendments to the declaration and have the ability to exclude the signatory which violates the Declaration.

>>Declaration on Fair Business<<
(signed Declaration can be sent by 30 June 2011 at the address of UNGC Slovenia, Presernova cesta 33, 4260 Bled)
>>Key processes of becoming an official signatory of Declaration<<

 




The Declaration on Fair Business is ready to be signed by Slovene companies and other organizations

 

15 March 2011

 
 



After a month of work and multiple feedback sessions with members of the Slovene business community, the Anti-Corruption Task Force of the UN Global Compact Slovenia is proud to present Declaration of Fair Business. Slovenian companies and other organizations (e.g. NGOs, municipalities etc.) are welcome to sign the declaration and become a part of multi-sector and cross-boundary effort to support and promote transparent, honest, and fair business environment for a more competitive economy. All organizations that will sign the declaration will annually meet at Assembly of signatories where they will discuss possible amendments to the declaration and have the ability to exclude the signatory which violates the Declaration.

The Declaration of Fair Business is a document which will bind the signatories to transparent and fair business, to enclose the anti-corruption clause into all contracts exceeding EUR 10,000 and to mutually inform the signatories on potential violations of the declaration. The Declaration, prepared by Anti-Corruption Task Force, in the frame of UN Global Compact Slovenia, was initially presented (as a draft) at the conference “Fairness as a Source of Sustainable National Competitiveness” on 20 January 2011.

The Declaration is the first output of the Project Ethos, which has been in place for several months and is in line with tenth principle of UN Global Compact (the issue of anti-corruption as one of the drivers of sustainable development). The mission of project Ethos is to establish mechanisms, processes and know-how with which the economy would be able to proactively and following their own initiative (without pressure of repressive organs) fight corruption and increase compliance to ethical and legal norms. Thus, the risk would decrease on a long-term, whereas the healthy competitiveness of companies and economic environment as a whole would increase.

The members of the Anti-Corruption Task Force are representatives of UNGC Slovenia members, government institutions (Anti-Corruption Commission, Court of Audits), representatives of interested companies and independent experts. Declaration introduces the principles of Partnering Against Corruption (PACI) as a guideline for creating and improving compliance programs in signatories. PACI  Initiative was launched by World Economic Forum, initiated by large companies from engineering and construction sector (among others ABB, AMEC, Skanska) and supported by large oil companies (Petronas, Chevron, Rio Tinto Alcan, Saudi Aramco in StatoilHydro).




UN Global Compact Slovenia partnered the 6th IRDO international conference »Social responsibility and current challenges 2011: Youth in focus of world changes

 

Maribor, 10 – 12 March 2011

 
 

UNGC Slovenija had - in addition to some other organizations and institutions - partnered the 6th international conference titled »Social responsibility and current challenges 2011: Youth in focus of world changes« organized by the Institute for Development of Social Responsibility (IRDO). Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, Vice-president of UNGC Slovenia and Coca-Cola Chair of Sustainable Development at IEDC held a lecture at the conference.  

More information about the conference is available here. (in Slovene).




UNGC Slovenija and project Ethos for a more competitive Slovenian economy

 

Ljubljana (Slovenia), 20 January 2011

 











United Nations Global Compact Slovenija held conference titled Fairness as a Source of Sustainable National Competitiveness where the first output of Ethos project was publicly presented. More than 130 Slovenian business leaders (addressed also by president of the Republic of Slovenia dr. Danilo Türk) discussed and gave feedback to Declaration on Fair Business. Declaration is a document which will bind the signatories to transparent and fair business, to enclose the anti-corruption clause into all contracts exceeding EUR 10,000 and to mutually inform the signatories on potential violations of the declaration.

Project Ethos has been in place for several months, UNGC Slovenija initiated it and coordinates it in line with tenth principle of UN Global Compact (the tenth principle addresses the issue o fanti-corruption as one of the drivers of sustainable development). The mission of project Ethos is to establish mechanisms, processes and know-how with which the economy would be able to proactively and following their own initiative (without pressure of repressive organs) fight corruption and increase compliance to ethical and legal norms. Thus, the risk would decrease on a long-term, whereas the healthy competitiveness of companies and economic environment as a whole would increase.

The first output of project Ethos is Declaration on Fair Business, prepared by project Task Force. Members of task force are representatives of UNGC Slovenia members, government institutions (Anti Corruption Commission, Court of Audits), representatives of interested companies and independent experts. Declaration introduces the principles of Partnering Against Corruption (PACI) as a guideline for creating and improving compliance programs in signatories. Partnering Against Corruption Initiative was launched by World Economic Forum, initiated by large companies from engineering and construction sector (among others ABB, AMEC, Skanska) and supported by large oil companies (Petronas, Chevron, Rio Tinto Alcan, Saudi Aramco in StatoilHydro).

Conference Fairness as a Source of Sustainable National Competitiveness offered The draft Declaration on Fair Business to consideration to Slovenian business leaders. "We wish the document to be realistic, therefore we need the feedback of potential future signatories," said dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, vice-president of UNGC Slovenija. All companies that will sign the declaration will annually meet at Assembly of signatories where they will discuss possible amendments to the declaration and have the ability to exclude the signatory which violates the declaration.

"Project Ethos is a long-term project; the Declaration is its first, but not the last output. Next steps will be the development of process and criteria for certification of companies in the field of compliance, promotion of integrity pacts in concrete public tenders and, if necessary, the change of legislation," said dr. Zhexembayeva.

President of UNGC Slovenia and director of IEDC prof. dr. Danica Purg said: "Every new action or initiative that guides businesses to strengthen their competitiveness, based on improving their products, solutions or business models, helps in creating sustainable value. Increasing sales with unethical and incompliant actions maybe gives short-term financial results, but does not give a fair picture of one's market success and is bad for all players in the market."

Project Ethos is supported by Siemens. The company successfully implemented comprehensive compliance organization: "We do realize that Ethos brings about comprehensive, complex changes which cannot be introduced over-night. But it is good and right that there are organizations in our society which are willing to stimulate dialogue on such issues. Siemens supports such initiatives not only in Slovenia, but also elsewhere in the world," said Medeja Lončar, CEO of Siemens d.o.o.

Declaration on Fair Business - in Slovene

Presentation by Mrs Birgit Forstnig-Errath, Siemens AG - in Slovene


UN Global Compact Slovenia continues its partnership with HORUS

 

Ljubljana (Slovenia), 23 November 2010

 

The Slovenian Chapter of the United Nations Global Compact is proud to continue its partnership with The Slovene Corporate Social Responsibility Award – HORUS 2010. The 2010 Award Ceremony took place on Tuesday, October 23, 2010 in Kino Šiska in Ljubljana. More information about HORUS are available here.


UN Global Compact Slovenia partners 11th Bled Forum on Europe International Foresight Conference

 

Bled (Slovenia), 11 – 12 March 2010

 






In a traditional international conference Bled Forum on Europe, this year entitled “The Future of Information Society and Challenges for Good Governance” the UN Global Compact Slovenia partnered  the main organizer of the conference, the Bled Forum on Europe Association. Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, vice-president of the UNGC Slovenia spoke on social responsibility of leaders. 

Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, professor of sustainable development and leadership at IEDC and vice-president of UN Global Compact Slovenia, talked about sustainable value creation and how can organizations perform well by using social and environmental opportunities to enhance their existing strategic strengths. She provided participants with concepts of addressing the growing need to achieve high business performance while caring also for the social, ethical and personal responsibilities of leadership.

When the Bled Forum Foresight Conference concluded, the participants adopted the Bled Forum on Europe Declaration which will be sent to the relevant global and European stakeholders and policy makers of different levels. Every year The Bled Forum on Europe Declaration identifies the necessary challenges that call for immediate action of various social actors.

Bled Forum on Europe is a regional scientific event (initiated in 1996) involving NGO's, governmental institutions and business sector. Members of the Bled Forum on Europe gather in order to contribute to the debate and policy making on future challenges with the emphasis on Europe, and to influence the future development of the European continent. Main topics of Bled Forum on Europe are the challenges Europe is facing today, the role of the EU in the world, human rights, law régime and development of the society.  

<<More information on the 11th Bled Forum on Europe conference>>


Challenge:Future: Students from all over the world for world's sustainable future

 

Bled (Slovenia), 12 November, 2009

 

Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN), IEDC-Bled School of Management and Third Millennium Knowledge sustainability laboratory, have launched “Challenge:Future”, a global student competition aimed at promoting collaboration and innovation for the world’s sustainable future.

The Challenge:Future (http://www.challengefuture.org/) vision is to foster the ideas and innovative solutions for world's sustainable future, to attract and incentive talented youth and to disseminate knowledge. Challenge: Future is envisioned as the world's largest youth collaborative contest that creates a virtual forum that connects corporate and global challenges with the power of student-driven innovation based on sustainability principles. Using the power of web 2.0 technologies, Challenge: Future invites teams of students age 18 through 30 throughout the globe to post creative ideas and develop solutions based on sustainability principles for specific global and business challenges. Challenge: Future is free for all participants and is strongly promoting diversity and equal opportunities for all. 

With the passionate guidance of Advisory Board, benefiting from such visionary experts as Don Tapscott, Nancy J. Adler, Chris Laszlo, Jean-Pierre Lehmann and Danah Zohar, among many others, this global student competition is supported and steered in the right direction. It also enjoys support of prominent Network Partners, such as Eurasia Partnership Foundation, NetImpact, EABIS, while Emerald Group Publishing as a Knowledge Partner not only contributed to the global visibility of the competition but is also providing access to their top management journals to all competing teams.

This year's competition theme is The Future of Connecting, with six subthemes: Call Me in 2020 (the future of communication), Move It! (the future of transportation), What’s the Buzz? (the future of media), Eat that Carrot! (the future of health), Youth Rulz! (the future of youth in society), Fast Forward (the future of prosperity).

The first two rounds of the competition take place online on a specially designed platform (1st round: November-January; 2nd round: January-March), and the head-to-head finals will take place in Bled in April 2010. There are many prizes as the competition progresses, with the grand award of 20,000 EUR. Since the start of Challenge:Future in September and a week to go till registration closes on November 18, there are over 1,100 registered students from more than 330 schools and 63 countries from all over the world.

>>About the project Challenge:Future <<


The global market for Sustainable Products and Services is growing: Slovenia being no exception

 

Ljubljana (Slovenia), 5 November 2009

 
Prof. Danica Purg, President of UNGC Slovenia




Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, Vice-President of UNGC Slovenia

Vera Aljančič Falež, member of the Mercator Group management board


Prof. Danica Purg, President of UNGC Slovenia, and Janez Škrabec, President of Riko Group

The UN Global Compact Slovenia held a meeting of its members titled "Creating Sustainable Products and Services«. The event was hosted by Mercator Group, and gathered close to 60 participants representing a variety of industries and other fields. The aim of this networking event was to deepen the understanding of sustainable products and services and to discuss related processes that are ongoing in this field. The event served as a linking of knowledge, networking and inspiration as well as discussion on concrete and innovative projects.

Event participants - representatives of businesses, governmental organizations, NGOs and the media - were welcomed by Prof. Danica Purg, President of the UN Global Compact Slovenia and President of the IEDC-Bled School of Management. Brief introduction and presentation of best practices titled “Creating a Sustainable Product: Deign, Packaging, and More“ led by Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, Vice-President of the UN Global Compact Slovenia and One-Year Executive MBA Director at the IEDC-Bled School of Management, were followed by a presentation titled “Sustainable Development as part of Mercator Group strategy” delivered by Mrs Vera Aljančič Falež, Member of the Management Board, and Lučka Kavkler, Head of Environmental Affairs, both Mercator Group.

During her lecture Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, provided some inspiring insights regarding the future market, design, policy and technology potentials in the area of sustainable products and services. According to Dr. Zhexembayeva, “sustainable products and services are becoming the accepted norm and attract more interest than ever before. Customers, who have a genuine concern about the planet, the human race, and the future, are seeking to support businesses and organizations whose commercial activity are sustainable, and do not cause damage to the environment in the long term.” She added: “Considering the delivery of Sustainable Products and Service as an innovative process of change, organizations are shifting from the application of traditional eco-efficient practices which are mainly focused on reducing the risks of operating in the market. They are now exploring new business models and design strategies that can open up new market opportunities by promoting innovative solutions; this provides new opportunities to explore and implement sustainable product and service that offer enhanced customer benefits and contribute to the organizations’ growth.”

Ms Vera Aljančič Falež and Ms Lučka Kavkler from Mercator Group presented the development of sustainable products as part of Mercator's sustainable development strategy. According to Ms Aljančič Falež, »the number of Slovene customers who wish to protect the environment and who take sustainability into account when they make purchases is growing. The global market for sustainable products and services is growing. By observing the buying patterns of our customer, we are happy to confirm that Slovenia is not an exception is this respect.”

What are Sustainable Products and Services?
Sustainable products and services hold a variety of untapped opportunities that can lead to comparative cost advantages as well as to enhanced performance in terms of environmental and social impact.

Sustainable products and services can be described by using the following set of concepts:

  • Efficient use of raw materials
  • Resource efficient design (e.g. by optimization of energy and water consumption or using less virgin materials)
  • Durable design (e.g. stable construction and high longevity)
  • High disposability (e.g. use of easily degradable materials)
  • Efficient logistics (e.g. minimized packing and efficient transports)
  • Service substitution (e.g. car-sharing and similar per capital resource consumption reduction strategies achieved through redesigning ownership structures)
  • Proper training and education for the employees
  • General working conditions (e.g. working hours or living wage)
  • Worker‘s health and safety (e.g. proper gear and equipment in toxic environments)
  • Consumer health & safety (e.g. informing the consumer via product labels and voluntary information)
Following the introductory presentations, the participants discussed problems and solutions faced by their organizations in their efforts to develop sustainable products and services and achieve growth of the organizations through sustainable development.

Additional information:
The UN Global Compact Slovenia; Presernova 33, 4260 Bled, Slovenia, http://www.ungc-slovenia.si/, Tanja Zabukovnik, tel.: +386 4 57 92 543, e-mail: tanja.zabukovnik@iedc.si.


Sustainability concepts integrated into the core business strategy as a source of competitive advantages
 

Bled (Slovenia), 16 September 2009

 






First time in Slovenia - A practice-oriented sustainability seminar focusing on the economic side of sustainability organized by the UN Global Compact Slovenia successfully concluded

The UN Global Compact Slovenia organized a two-day open seminar titled “Sustainability for strategic advantage” with the focus on the economic side of sustainability. The seminar, led by Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, Vice-President of the UN Global Compact Slovenia and professor of sustainable development at the IEDC-Bled School of Management, offered many practical tools for engaging businesses in sustainability efforts.

The UN Global Compact Slovenia, a Slovenian chapter of the world’s largest sustainability organizations in the world, prepared a practice-oriented sustainability seminar focusing on sustainability as strategic opportunity to create value and foster profit.  For the first time in Slovenia, a seminar that focused especially on the economic side of sustainability was organized and provided hands-on experience in creating and implementing successful and financially viable sustainability projects. According to Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, who led the seminar, »Individuals and companies are forced to adapt to survive in a world of increased global competition, conscious consumerism, strengthened environmental regulation and diminishing natural resources. When organisations embrace sustainability as a core – rather than peripheral – value, they create competitive advantage. In this paradigm, sustainability recognises the links and interdependencies between business and society, which create new opportunities to deliver enduring value and mutual benefit.

During the seminar participants, representing line managers responsible for core business activities, such as manufacturing, logistics, operations, marketing, R&D, HR etc., were able to explore cutting edge ideas that are at the intersection of business and society, and shared best practices used for integrating social and environmental agenda into companies’ business strategy. Participants also discussed problems and solutions faced by their organizations in efforts to achieve sustainable development and growth.

UN Global Compact Slovenia organized a meeting on sustainable development of Slovene organisations in the time of crisis
 

Ljubljana, 17 April 2009

 










The UN Global Compact Slovenia held a meeting of its members titled "Becoming Sustainable in the Time of Crisis". The event was honoured by the presence of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Danilo Türk. Representatives of businesses, governmental organizations, NGOs and the media were welcomed by Prof. Danica Purg, President of the UN Global Compact Slovenia and President of the IEDC-Bled School of Management, and by the host of the event, Mr. Dejan Turk, the Chairman of the Board of Si.mobil. Following the welcoming speeches, the meeting and an interesting debate on the presented topic of sustainable development during the crisis were led by Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, Vice-President of the UN Global Compact Slovenia and professor of sustainable development at the IEDC-Bled School of Management.  

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Danilo Türk, emphasised that the main priorities in today's society are connected with the question of overcoming the crisis with the help of innovation, part of which must be dedicated to environmental protection and development and greater attention to the environment. President Türk announced the Slovenia's commitment to organize an international event to facilitate international comparisons of best practices, to help generate genuinely good and innovative ideas and programmes in the field of sustainable development. He added that the UN Global Compact network includes a large number of businesses and that it would be good to acknowledge a Slovene representative on the board of this global initiative. 

Representatives of organisations present at the meeting shared best practices used for integrating social and environmental agenda into companies’ business strategy. In her welcoming address, Prof. Danica Purg pointed out that “the UN Global Compact Slovenia advises and assists Slovenian businesses in the field of sustainable development and therefore organises regular meetings, round-table discussions, conferences and individual meetings." Prof. Purg summarised the activities of the UN Global Compact Slovenia in the current year, explaining that it supports the Bled Forum on Europe association, that it was the co-organiser of the first School of Corporate Social Responsibility in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, and that it is supporting a pilot project on a nation-wide Corporate Social Responsibility award-HORUS, which will be presented to the most socially responsible businesses in Slovenia.Prof. Purg also stressed that the UN Global Compact Slovenia will continue to organise meetings for representatives of businesses, governmental organizations, NGOs, academia and the media, as these meetings are an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and share best practices and solutions for sustainable operations for businesses and societal benefit.

Following the introductory presentations, the meeting participants discussed the problems and solutions faced by their organisations in their efforts to achieve sustainable development in the  time of global crisis.The meeting was conducted and coordinated by Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, Vice-President of the UN Global Compact Slovenia and professor of suistanable development at the IEDC-Bled School of Management, who said: "At the time of global economic crisis the concept of sustainable development presents an opportunity for the development of break-through innovations for individuals and companies. These can be achieved through the integration of social and environmental aspects into the key areas of business as a source of competitive advantages."

UN Global Compact Slovenija presentation »Becoming Sustainable in the Time of Crisis«

Si.mobil's presenation »Re.misli – več kot le beseda« in Slovene


UN Global Compact Slovenia at the X. Bled Forum on Europe International Foresight Conference
 

Bled (Slovenia), 6–7 March 2009

 










At a two-day Bled Forum on Europe Foresight Conference titled Our Common Challenge - The Role of Culture in Knowledge Society which took place on 6-7 March in Hotel Golf Bled (Slovenia), the UN Global Compact Slovenia partnered  the main organizer of the conference, the Bled Forum on Europe Association. The conference’s Bled Forum on Europe Declaration will contribute to the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009.

The group of speakers at the X. Bled Forum on Europe conference represented different stakeholder groups, from business representatives to NGOs, government and academics. Prof. Danica Purg, President of the UN Global Compact Slovenia and President of IEDC-Bled School of Management, addressed participants with a speech on “Art & Innovative Leadership”, in frame of which she talked about integrating innovative approaches to management and leadership development.

Other speakers at the conference included Tania Friederichs, DG Research, European Commission; Majda Širca, Minister of Culture, The Republic of Slovenia; Slavoj Žižek, philosopher; Jerome C. Glenn, Director of the Millennium Project, Washington, DC;Matej Potokar, CEO, Microsoft Slovenia; Janez Škrabec, CEO & President of RIKO Group; Tatjana Aparac Jelušić, University of Zadar, Croatia, and many others.

When the Bled Forum Foresight Conference concluded, the participants adopted the Bled Forum on Europe Declaration which will be sent to the relevant global and European stakeholders and policy makers of different levels. Every year The Bled Forum on Europe Declaration identifies the necessary challenges that call for immediate action of various social actors.

Bled Forum on Europe is a regional scientific event (initiated in 1996) involving NGO's, governmental institutions and business sector. Members of the Bled Forum on Europe gather in order to contribute to the debate and policy making on future challenges with the emphasis on Europe, and to influence the future development of the European continent. Main topics of Bled Forum on Europe are the challenges Europe is facing today, the role of the EU in the world, human rights, law régime and development of the society.  

More information on the X. Bled Forum on Europe conference.


UN Global Compact Slovenia partners the first School of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Central-, East- and South European Region
 

Ljubljana, 19 February 2009

 
 



With the aim to launching  an ongoing educational program on corporate social responsibly and sustainable development in the region of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, London School of Public Relations launched a pilot project of the CSR School, which will take place at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana from 19 February till 6 March 2009.

The mission of CSR School is to educate different groups of stakeholders on key issues and tools of corporate social responsibility that - they can use at their daily activities.

The program speakers represent various stakeholder groups, from business- and government representatives, NGOs to media and academics. Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, professor of sustainable development at IEDC-Bled School of Management, will lecture onmanaging and implementing CSR strategies and on integration of on corporate social responsibility concept in business environment.

The program is divided into seven modules – Stakeholder Management and Introduction to CSR, Risk and Issue Management, Stakeholder Management in Practice and Reputation Building, Stakeholder Strategies and Actions, The Role of Intermediaries and the Media, Applying CSR, Managing and Implementing CSR Strategies, and Panel Discussion.

The CSR School participants will make a project of corporate social responsibility and present it at the end of the educational program. Upon a successful completion of the School they will also receive a CSR Diploma of London School of Public Relations.

The CSR program development is co-financed by the EU program PROGRESS and by Office for Equal Opportunities of Republic of Slovenia.


UN Global Compact Slovenia represented at the conference on Social Responsible Business 2008
 

Zagreb, 17 December 2008

 
 



UN Global Compact Croatia organized a conference on Social Responsible Business. The main goal of the conference was to combine two main challenges that modern corporations are facing with: How to remain and improve competiveness and how to response to ethical, social and ecological needs of The Croatian Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, Vice President, UN Global Compact Slovenia, and professor for sustainable development at IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia, had a keynote speech titled “Profits at the Intersection of Business and Society”.

The presentation is available here.


Queen Elizabeth II visited the UN Global Compact Slovenia conference on sustainable development
 

Lipica, 22 October 2008

 
 





Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, visited the conference titled “Sustainable Development for National Competitiveness” organized by the United Nations Global Compact Slovenia in cooperation with IEDC-Bled School of Management and UK Trade & Investment. The Queen was welcomed by the president of the UN Global Compact Slovenia and president of IEDC-Bled School of Bled, Prof Dr Danica Purg.

The conference was opportunity for Slovene business executives to meet with the respective guests. UK Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, Mr David Miliband, delivered a speech to participants on the importance that the UK attaches to the Initiative.

The conference featured best practices from Slovenian and UK companies in the area of sustainable development for competitive advantage, and provided opportunity for dialogue and deliberation. The conference aim was to bring the concept of sustainable business to higher awareness among business community and general public, while, at the same time, ignite dialogue and innovation that allow for truly national effort in the area of sustainable development. Janez Škrabec, Riko Group, Tatjana Fink, Trimo Trebnje, Jon Pender, GlaxoSmithKline and Žiga Debeljak, Mercator Group, presented best practices and solutions for sustainable operations for businesses and societal benefit. Dr Nadya Zhexembayeva, UNGC Slovenia Vice-President and assistant professor of sustainable development at IEDC, facilitated a dialogue between business, non-profit, and public sector representatives on the future of sustainability in Slovenia.

<<Presentations of best practices and solutions for sustainable operations, presented at the conference, are available here<<.

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The competition “The Climate in the Alps is much prized” by CIPRA, the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps
 

CIPRA is awarding prizes worth €100,000

  August 1, 2008  
 







CIPRA, the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps, is awarding prizes worth a total of €100,000 for exemplary response measures which contribute to climate protection or to adapting to the consequences of climate change. The closing date for submitting the projects was 31 July 2008.The winners will be announced on 6 November.

As wealthy industrialized nations, Alpine countries are one of the key factors contributing to climate change on a global scale. Scientists have demonstrated that lessening climate change in both the medium and the long term is essential. Experience shows that the response measures taken to mitigate climate change and protect the climate are not bold enough, particularly where the public sector is concerned. As a non-governmental organization CIPRA sees it as its task to do something about this. That is why more prizes are being awarded for measures aimed at mitigation rather than adaptation.

Through the competition, CIPRA is looking to reward and financially support those response measures implemented in the Alpine region (projects, initiatives or activities) aimed at climate protection or at adapting to the consequences of climate change which seek to harmonize ecological, social and economic interests. CIPRA wants to prevent measures being taken in the name of climate protection which would then have a negative impact on the environment or society.
The cc.alps project and the prize money for the competition are being financed by the MAVA Foundation for Nature (Montricher/CH).

The contributions submitted will go on-line on 7 August 2008 and be published in the language in which they are submitted. For more information on cc.alps and the competition please visit www.cipra.org/cc.alps.

The International Commission for the Protection of the Alps (CIPRA) is a non-governmental umbrella organization with national representatives in the Alpine countries; it represents over 100 associations and organizations from seven Alpine states. It works for sustainable development in the Alps and strives to preserve the natural and cultural legacy as well as the regional diversity, and to find solutions to cross-border issues in the Alpine region.


Becoming Sustainable: 'Green' Operations as a Source of Strategic Advantage
  Bled - June 5, 2008  
 





The United Nations Global Compact Slovenia organized a networking event entitled “Becoming Sustainable: 'Green' Operations as a Source of Strategic Advantage”. The event, hosted by the IEDC-Bled School of Management, provided an excellent opportunity to share best practices and solutions for sustainable operations for businesses and societal benefit.

The networking event presented three best practices in the area of “green” operations, where experts shared their knowledge in a round-table format:

Andraž Zmajšek, IT Manager at SiMobil, one of the fastest growing mobile operators in Slovenia, shared concepts and practices in the area of green IT. The main goals of this SiMobil’s project are being responsible towards society and environment, and incorporate this strategy into corporate company’s strategy. The project started inside out, meaning that company decided to influence first the mindset of its employees to become more aware of the environmental issues and when internally successful, introduce the strategy to other shareholders and to the public. Looking at the concrete actions that already derived from the project’s goals, if we name only few of them, we can list: SiMobil strongly encourages recycling, it reduces air-condition, electricity and other power consumption, and it bought company’s bicycles– the action which encourages many employees to use bicycles instead of cars when commuting to work.

Vida Ogorelec Wagner, Director at Umanotera, The Slovenian Foundation for Sustainable Development, presented the ideas and solutions for creating a green office. Together with its partners, Umanotera developed a project Rituali-Ekopisarna, which helps to reduce bad influences on the environment starting with the internal employees’ offices. Project itself contains three parameters– advising and educating companies, catalogue of environmental friendly products and services, and companies’ incorporation in to the certification system. If operations are environmental friendly and aiming towards sustainable development, company can achieve certification as a special recognition for their environmental friendly operations (Ecopractic, Ecostrategist and Ecovisionist).Download Vida’s presentation here.

Mirjam Papler from the printing house Medium Žirovnica spoke about company’s experience with mapping and managing company CO2 footprint, methods company is using for reducing C02 footprint, including re-capture of product for recycling of raw materials. Download Mirjam’s presentation here.



UN Global Compact Slovenia – Bled Forum on Europe Networking Event
  Bled - March 6, 2008  
 









In partnership with Bled Forum on Europe Association, UNGC Slovenia hosted a Networking Event open to UN Global Compact Slovenia members and other interested parties. The event featured an international speaker, Jerome C. Glenn, Director of the Millennium Project from Washington, DC, who spoke about business implications of the global climate change. The event also featured best practices and innovative business solutions for sustainable business advantage.

The Networking Event gathered 24 UN Global Compact members and guests, including HE Mr. John C.M. Groffen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands. After the welcoming address by the host, Danica Purg, president of the UN Global Compact Slovenia and president of IEDC-Bled School of Management, Nadya Zhexembayeva, professor of sustainability at the IEDC-Bled School of Management, talked about sustainability as business strategy and discussed some tools, approaches and best practices which can help companies and other organizations to become more competitive.

The term sustainability was described as a business strategy that allows for successful, long-term, and financially-viable management of risks and opportunities deriving from decreasing natural recourses and increasing societal expectations.

Among the steps named to be important in helping companies become sustainable are:
  • Figure it out what sustainability means for a company
  • Engage the company in strategy & tactics
  • Focus on small steps and celebrate early successes/best practices
  • Stick with it through peer learning
Lessons and innovations of Unilever and Wal-Mart served as exemplars of how sustainability can be well incorporated in the core business strategy and bring significant competitive advantage to the company.

The event continued with Blaž Golob, President of the Bled Forum on Europe Association, who presented the work of the association and introduced Jerome C. Glenn, director of the Millennium Project. Mr. Glenn is a coauthor of the report State of the Future 2007, which was published under the governance of the United Nations. Glenn presented his findings in the report, focusing first on fifteen major global challenges, which include sustainable development, access to water, creation of an ethical market economy, growing energy demands, and more, and discussed possibilities of addressing the global climate change through business innovation and creative entrepreneurship.


UN Global Compact Slovenia: Representatives of companies, governmental and non-governmental organizations agree to cooperate
  January 14, 2008  
  In a meeting of the UN Global Compact Slovenia, representatives of diverse social groups agreed that their cooperation is necessary in reminding Slovene companies to fulfil, respect and implement the Principles of the UN Global Compact in their strategic operations. The meeting in which participants presented their views and ways of contribution to the association, was chaired by Prof. Danica Purg, Dean and President of IEDC-Bled School of Management and President of UNGC Slovenia, and hosted by Mr. Janez Škrabec, General Director of Riko d.o.o. and member of UNGC Slovenia board.


A founding meeting of UN Global Compact Slovenia
  June 7, 2007  
  A group of influential Slovenian companies has founded UN Global Compact Slovenia, Slovenian chapter of UN Global Compact, world's largest world’s largest corporate global citizenship network. The founding meeting was attended by 40 representatives of companies-founding members and members of the association, who were addressed by Minister Dr. Žiga Turk from Slovenian Government Office for Growth, Prof. Danilo Türk, former Assistant UN Secretary-General, Matej Ogrin, Director of CIPRA Slovenia, Stéphane Sisco, expert on Global Compact France, and Nadya Zhexembayeva, Director of Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Case Western Reserve University, USA. UNGC Slovenia welcomes new members - all socially responsible companies and other organizations from Slovenia.

 

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