CSR in Greece - forum 2013




«People for the People»
with the participation of 100 NGOs

   Capital Link continues to support the sustainable development in Greece by promoting and presenting both the initiatives from the business side, as well as the activities and needs of NGOs and organizes the 3rd Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Conference scheduled to be held in Athens at the Aegli Zappiou, on Thursday, June 27th, 2013 under the Auspices of the City of Athens and Athens Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Keynote Speaker at this year’s conference is Mr. George Logothetis, Chairman and CEO of the Libra Group. The Libra Global Internship Program is the only internship program of its kind in Greece. In collaboration with the Deree College and the Greek America Foundation, this program exemplifies the spirit of support that is so needed in Greece by helping 35 to 40 talented young people each year to see the world through the eyes of an international business group. Each intern receives a work placement of up to 6 months with the Libra Group or one of its global subsidiaries.

Under George Logothetis’s leadership, the Libra Group has also founded and is managing the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award. With a commitment of €5 million Libra seeks to create opportunity for both experienced and budding entrepreneurs in Greece by providing winners with mentoring, funding and a full range of business support services. In April this year four businesses selected from 300 applicants were selected as the winners of this coveted award for 2013.

The Deputy Minister of Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Mr. Thanasis Skordas will participate at the forum and will address the audience. The Minister supports from the government side, every effort aiming to create new prospects for new investments and opportunities for everyone. Also the Mayor of Athens, Mr. George Kaminis as well as Mr. Constantine Michalos, President of the Union of Hellenic Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

During the 3rd Annual CSR FORUM, there will also be a specially designed space where NGOs will be able, through their representatives, to communicate their programs, objectives and needs and achieve new collaborations and partnerships.

This is an initiative of Capital Link which can be realized thanks to the support of the companies participating at the Forum aiming to create live and direct interaction of all CSR stakeholders.

Our theme for this year is «People for the People». We live in an era of global economic crisis with particularly negative consequences for our country and our society. Both personal and social lives of many of our fellow citizens have been badly affected. Greek businesses are struggling to face the serious consequences of the crisis. Furthermore, the deep crisis of institutions and values has caused a general feeling of unreliability and lack of confidence.

At the center of all this is the Greek citizen, the driving force of this country, although “wounded”- more than ever is deeply aware of the importance of volunteerism, the personal effort, the private initiative and above all the human solidarity towards a better and sustainable future.

The conference aims to highlight just that. In order to be effective and profitable in todays global and connected world, companies need a global vision of “who they are” and what they want to be with regard to globally responsible products/services, the right communications strategy, committed employees and customers who are engaged in and supportive of CSR programs. These can and do provide some of the glue to hold these various piece parts together.    The conference will discuss current pressing issues such as:

   •global water scarcity
   •renewable energy
   •solid waste management
   •supply chain management
   •volunteerism and commitment of employees
   •socially responsible investments, etc.

There will also be presentations about SMEs , the effective communication policy regarding CSR strategy and new trends on reporting practices etc.

Within the Forum’s framework, we will issue a special Handbook with articles of market players, speakers at the Forum and other personalities which will address the latest developments in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility in Greece and abroad.