UNDP launches Corporate Social Responsibility Awards

22 Apr 2014

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Are you a company that takes care of its employees? Do you work towards minimizing environmental impact? Do you contribute towards the socioeconomic development of the community in which you operate? If you positively responded to any of these questions, submit your story! It could be one of the winning initiatives in Albania’s first Corporate Social Responsibility Awards.

In the last two decades, the private sector in Albania has experienced rapid growth. As Albania continues on its path to membership in the European Union, the integration of economic, environmental and social concerns is a major task of all sections of society, including the business community.Existing CSR practices in Albania come mainly in the form of philanthropy and are most developed in branches of multinational corporations. Selected international companies have integrated CSR standards into their operations in the fields of energy, construction, telecommunications and banking.Despite Corporate Social Responsibility being a relatively new concept among Albanian businesses,international experience, both in developed and developing countries, has shown that companies (small, medium and large) that have integrated these principles are more competitive and sustainable.Rewarding good practices on CSR is an element of creating incentives as well as knowledge sharing on best practices. In addition it contributes to awareness raising.

The Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Entrepreneurship, UNDP and the CSR Network (which has been recently established by 8 leading companies in the field of CSR), have taken leadership in organizing the first CSR Awards in Albania.

What are the Award Categories?

1) Innovation Award - for those companies that demonstrate progress in resolving an issue in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)


2) Best Practice Award for SMEs – for those companies which through innovative practices have achieved positive impact on their employees, the environment and / or community where the company operates.


3) Best Practice Award for Large Companies – for those companies which through innovative practices have achieved positive impact on their employees, the environment and / or community where the company operates.

Meet the Jury

The jury is composed of CSR experts who will evaluate companies on integrating CSR practices in their activities and positive impact on workers, the environment and community. Activities undertaken must be beyond legal obligations.

For more information, please visit this link:

http://www.al.undp.org/content/albania/en/home/operations/projects/poverty_reduction/local-level-responses-to-the-youth-employment-challenge.html


Send your application by  20 May 2014  
Email: cmimetpsk@gmail.com
Mail: UNDP Albania, LLRYEC Project, Rruga Skëndërbej, Godina Volkswagen, Kati i 2-të, Tiranë