Corporate Social Responsibility Forum – First Meeting of the Business and Non-Governmental Organisations. A Bourse for Projects and Ideas, 17 November 2009, Sofia
Tulip Foundation, Capital Weekly, the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria (CEIBG) and the United Nations Global Compact in partnership with New Moment Ideas Company and Sopharma and the financial assistance of the MATRA Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands organised a “Corporate Social Responsibility Forum – First Meeting of the Business and Non-governmental Organisations. A Bourse for Projects and Ideas”. The forum took place on 17 November 2009.

The forum was officially opened by Galia Alexandrova, deputy Editor–in-Chief, Capital weekly; Petko Dimitrov, Member of the Managing Board of CEIBG; Maria Petkova, Executive Director, Tulip Foundation and Vassil Mirchev, President of VM Finance Group and Chairman of the Bulgarian Global Compact network.

The first meeting of the business and non-governmental organisations provided the participants with information about the best practices in the area of corporate social responsibility. 

Toby Webb, Founder and Managing Director, Ethical Corporation presented “The role of corporate responsibility in modern business development and how leading companies embed corporate responsibility into their businesses”. 

Jock Mendoza-Wilson, Director of International and Investor Relations, System Capital Management, Ukraine spoke about the impact of the financial crisis on the CSR activities.

Bart Jan Krouwel, Managing Director Corporate Social Responsibility, Rabobank, the Netherlands has come to Sofia especially for the forum. He made a presentation with numerous practical examples about “Potential business partners in the companies' efforts to be socially responsible”. Mr. Krouwel explained how a company can identify the most appropriate partner for its social cause and what the different ways for a partnership are. 

Pavlina Kalousova, Executive director of the Czech Donors Forum presented the ways for measuring the effect of CSR activities on overall business results, and Karl Ressel, Senior Consultant, Dekstatt Austria spoke about CR-management. 

The Corporate Social Responsibility Forum ended with a panel discussion “Business and Social Initiatives” with participants Ognian Trajanov, CEO, TechnoLogica; Ognian Kiryakov, Managing Director, Microsoft; Milen Vrabevski, CEO, Comac Medical and Simona Charakchieva, CSR Advisor, VIVACOM who presented the CSR programmes of their companies. 

Within the framework of the forum the first Bourse of projects and ideas took place – meeting of civil and business organisations aimed at seeking cross points and common interests as a fundament for future cooperation for the benefit of the society. Fourteen nongovernmental organisations from around Bulgaria took part in the bourse invited by Tulip Foundation. In total more than 60 contacts have been made as well as 12 deals during the bourse. 

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