National award and recognition for social responsibility projects

Skopje, October 26, 2011 – Cementarnica USJE AD Skopje won the National award for the best socially responsible practices for 2010 in the category Environment - for large companies, with the project "Biodiversity of artificial lakes in Cementarnica USJE AD Skopje" at the award ceremony of National Awards of Enterprises - Best projects with best socially responsible practices for 2010, awarded by the Ministry of Economy and the Coordinating body for social responsibility.

This project refers to our dedication to environment protection and protection of the water species in our artificial lakes. We consider the biodiversity in our area as an important issue. A Study was made for this purpose, by which the quality of the waters was examined and the existing species of flora and fauna in the lakes, aiming to implement measures for long term protection. The research showed that these lakes do not contain endangered spices and that USJE activities do not affect the existing flora and fauna. However, several types of fish were put in the lakes, who are fed by the surplus of phytoplankton, thus maintaining the balance in the eco-system. Today these lakes in our company yard have the status of artificial lakes where stocking with fish was initially done by the sport fisherman in Cementarnica USJE, many years ago.

USJE also received three accolades for the following projects: "Partnership with Schools" in the category - Investing in the community, for the project "Occupational Safety and Health of our Employees" in the category - Employee Relations and for the project "Corporate Governance" in the category of Ethical Management.

"For Cementarnica USJE corporate social responsibility is one of the pillars of the corporate strategy. As an inseparable part of the community, USJE, under the motto "Responsibility – Partnership - Development" develops projects for cooperation with the local community in several segments, where the prominent project “Partnership with schools” in the municipality Kisela Voda. Cementarnica USJE AD Skopje is equally committed to environmental protection and to the care for employees in the company. Recognizing the importance of social responsibility for the development of society as a whole, Cementarnica USJE is one of the initiators of strengthening the Macedonian network of the Global Compact of the United Nations. The aim of this initiative is to exchange experiences and raise awareness of the importance of social responsibility to the community," stated company officials at the award ceremony.

National Awards for Enterprises for the best social responsible practices for 2010 are awarded in five categories: Employee Relations, Ethical Management, Market Relations, Environment and Investment in the Community. This year, 63 projects from 38 companies were submitted to the competition. This year, the award competition was organized with the support of the project Corporate Social Responsibility in the Republic of Macedonia, co-funded by the European Union and implemented by the Ministry of Economy in partnership with the Macedonian Enterprise Development Foundation, the Association of Chambers of Commerce of Macedonia and the Association Konekt.