Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 28
EY Azerbaijan hosted the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee monthly meeting organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan on December 21, 2016. The Committee Chairperson, Aynura Piriyeva, opened the meeting by welcoming the members, after which new members of the Committee introduced themselves.
Gunel Farajova, a senior in Cleantech and Sustainability Services at EY, gave a presentation on the importance of sustainable development and innovation. During her address, Gunel covered case studies on various progressive businesses as well as ways to apply existing best practices and innovative measures in Azerbaijan to ensure more sustainable development.
Afterwards, Fariz Ismailzade, Vice Rector of External, Government and Student Affairs at ADA University, gave a talk on the importance of concrete initiatives required to increase the level of awareness of these issues and manage change more effectively.
During the discussions Javid Zamanov from Bos Shelf suggested inviting students and volunteers to meetings, as well as producing short films in order to promote CSR projects. Other members of the Committee participated in this discussion and provided their ideas on the issue.
The meeting concluded with agreement over an action plan and deadlines to increase the level of awareness of sustainability issues and ensure change in society.
The world is debating the issue of sustainability and, as we make progress, we recognize the need for businesses to take responsibility for their activities. Therefore, the notion of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become widespread in the business world. CSR is a management concept integrating the social and environmental concerns of businesses and their interaction with stakeholders. It is a tool to achieve a balance of economic, environmental and social imperatives. CSR should not be considered as a burden for businesses, as its return on investment has already proved to be a benchmark of companies' long-term policies and good standing in the community. The goal of the AmCham CSR committee is to embrace responsibility for companies’ actions and encourage a positive impact on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, other stakeholders, and all other members of the public.
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