Date: 18/09/2009

Corporate Responsibility - a Way Out of the Crisis

Nearly 150 participants - businesses, NGO and Government representatives - attended AmCham Serbia one-day conference “Corporate Responsibility during Economic Downturn”

Belgrade, September 18, 2009 - "The business community provides significant support to individuals and communities in the period of the economic crisis through CSR projects," as concluded by participants of the CSR conference titled "Corporate Responsibility during Economic Downturn", organized by AmCham Serbia. The conference focused on relations between large companies and their consumers, suppliers, employees, local community and the living environment during the recession.

AmCham First Vice President Miloš Đurković opened the conference noting that AmCham Serbia recognizes the significance of corporate social responsibility as the topic which is increasingly in the public focus, and that within its activities it strives to promote the CSR concept as sustainable business model. A special guest of the conference was Stephen Jordan, a representative of American Chamber of Commerce from Washington, who presented the best global practice in this area. Other speakers included Governor of the National Bank of Serbia, Radovan Jelašić, Director of the Health Insurance Fund of the Republic of Serbia, Svetlana Vukajlović, Assistant Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning, Aleksandar Vesić, State Secretary in Ministry of Health, Tomislav Stantić, Commercial Attaché of the US Embassy, Cameron Werker, UNDP Resident Representative, William Infante, and MSD's External Affairs Director CEEMEA, Donald De Korte, as well as the representatives of AmCham member companies. The best practice of AmCham member companies in the CSR field have been presented as well. In two separate afternoon panel-sessions various CSR issues related to healthcare policy and environmental protection in particular were discussed with the representatives of the relevant government counterparts with aim to improve the partnership and advance the dialogue. Media showed great interest in the conference, which resulted in over 25 media returns. Click here for gallery.