Annual Conference of UN Global Compact Local Network

Securing sustainable development is the responsibility of the companies. The use of the latest international practices to ensure the long-term sustainable development of companies through greater application of the principles of the Global Compact in the daily operations of the companies. This was the main topic at the annual conference of the Macedonian Global Compact Network “In Step with World Events” which was held in Skopje on November 7th, 2012.

In order to improve practices in this area in the real sector and to follow the latest trends in this area, the Network is active at the international level by taking part in conferences such as the Meeting of European GC Networks, of which spoke Magdalena Slavejkova, HR Manager at Cementarnica USJE AD Skopje.

The conference was attended by representatives of the business sector, associations, institutions and representatives of the National Coordination Body for Social Responsibility. The keynote speech at the conference was given by Vesna Dzuteska Bisheva, Assistant Resident Representative of UNDP in Macedonia. The representative of the Delegation of the European Union, Elizabeta Georgievska, spoke about the EU Strategy on Corporate Social Responsibility.

Global Compact is the largest voluntary initiative for social responsibility of companies in the world with over 8,700 members from 130 countries, and it emerged from the United Nations. The initiative is based on ten principles covering the areas: human rights, elimination of child labor, environment and fight against corruption. Global Compact member companies embrace these principles and apply them in their everyday work, on which they regularly report, and thus become the driving force of global growth.