Corporate Social Responsibility as an Important Factor in Sustainable Development of Society and State

Representatives of business community have initiated the round table "Developing of a National Model of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the Context of Trilateral Partnership," which was held on 12 February in Minsk. The meeting, held under the auspices of the “Republic Confederation of Entrepreneurship” and International Socio–Economic Fund "Idea," has been attended by the leaders of business associations, members of the Council for Entrepreneurship Development, representatives of socially responsible companies, a number of ministries, United Nations agencies in Belarus, leaders of civil society, experts and journalists.

Representatives of business community have initiated the round table "Developing of a National Model of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the Context of Trilateral Partnership," which was held on 12 February in Minsk.

The meeting, held under the auspices of the “Republic Confederation of Entrepreneurship” and International Socio–Economic Fund "Idea," has been attended by the leaders of business associations, members of the Council for Entrepreneurship Development, representatives of socially responsible companies, a number of ministries, United Nations agencies in Belarus, leaders of civil society, experts and journalists.

The main objective of the event was development of a common approach to shaping of a national model of corporate social responsibility in Belarus with participation of representatives of the three sectors of society: business community, non–governmental organizations and the state.

The pparticipants underlined the importance of social responsibility of Belarusian mass media, as the lack of a systematic approach to media coverage of social work undertaken by business seriously hinders the spread of the CSR principles in Belarus. Training of specialists in the field of CSR and sustainable development is another urgent need, and meeting this need requires coordination and cooperation with relevant educational institutions in Belarus.

An equally important task concerns analysis of national legislation with regard to compliance with the CSR principles and presenting of concrete proposals to reform legal framework.

It is expected that the issue of corporate social responsibility will be widely discussed at the IV International Forum on CSR, which will be held on February 26 with the support of the United Nations in Belarus, International Socio–Economic Fund "Idea," European Commission, Pontis Foundation and other interested organizations.

In Belarus, the CSR concept was introduced in 2006 with the support of the United Nations Development Programme as part of the UN initiative "Global Compact." The Global Compact urges business community to follow in its activities the fundamental principles of human rights, employment relations, environment protection and anti–corruption. As of 11 February 2015, 49 organizations and enterprises joined the Global Compact in Belarus.