"NYCOMED" AND "MYRONIVSKY HLIBO PRODUCT" NAMED WINNERS OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY CASE CONTEST 2012
Washington, DC – January 15, 2013 - The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, in partnership with the Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, announced the winners of the CSR Case Contest 2012 in the field of community development to be the companies, Nycomed (a Takeda company) and Myronivsky Hliboproduct.
This announcement was first made during the Ukraine in Washington International Conference: Leadership in a Global World, held in Washington, DC on November 30 and December 1, 2012.
Nadia McConnell, President of U.S.-Ukraine Foundation stated, "Our two day event focused on the contributions made in the private sector by individuals and the business community. We believe it is important to recognize these positive contributions and that is why we were pleased to partner with the Centre for this second year to make the broader Washington community aware of the best practices of CSR in Ukraine."
The CSR Case awards were presented to the companies on December 12 at the National CSR Ukraine Case Contest event held in Kyiv, Ukraine. Nadia McConnell, who could not be present at the event, did send her warmest greetings to all the participants and the winners, via the enclosed video.
The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, which has been working in Ukraine for over 21 years with a strong interest in community development, was particularly pleased to present the awards for this category. The Foundation thanks all the companies submitting cases for this category and values the efforts directed toward community development progress in Ukraine.
Nycomed, an international pharmaceutical company, was founded in 1874 in Scandinavia and began its work in Ukraine in 1993. The firm joined the giant international pharmaceutical firm, Takeda, in October 2011.
"As a manufacturer of products for the rehabilitation of patients after stroke, it is our corporate social responsibility to make the most of what is available to us and to inform people about the risks of stroke. We are proud to be recognized as a winner by an expert jury. It is another proof that the course of our actions is feasible" – said Zaika Eugene E., CEO, Nycomed: a Takeda Company, Ukraine.
Ukraine leads the world in mortality from stroke; therefore, Nycomed's program "Let's Stop Stroke Together" is an important initiative that can draw attention to the problem and increase the public education level on prevention of stroke. It is possible that this educational program for the public could reduce cardiovascular diseases by 40% to 50%.
In financial terms, Nycomed-Takeda has spent more than 1 million hryvnas on this program during the past four years throughout Ukraine.
The other National CSR Ukraine Case Contest winner in the community development category was Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP), a Ukrainian company from Vinnytsia with business locations throughout Ukraine.
MHP has been working in agriculture since 1998. MHP was among the first to make positive changes in the agricultural market during Ukraine's transition to a market economy.
Myronivsky Hliboproduct is a vertically-integrated enterprise, the leading poultry producer and one of the largest landowners in Ukraine. MHP’s presence in the region leads to a sustainable improvement of living standards, a level of social security, and the improvement and efficiency of communication between people and the industrial sector.
To read the Myronivsky Hliboproduct case, click here.
U.S.-UKRAINE PARTNERSHIP PROMOTES CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR)
Washington, DC, May 24, 2012 - The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility Development, Ukraine to promote Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) both in Ukraine as well as in the United States.
USUF President Nadia McConnell stated, "We are honored to partner with the Centre and support its work promoting CSR in Ukraine. We believe that it is important for the broader community both in Ukraine and the U.S. to know about the work that the business community does to address social challenges in Ukraine.
Oksana Yakovenko, Maryna Saprykina, Markian Bilynskyj in Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility Development office, Kyiv, Ukraine, April 2012.
Founded in 2004, the Centre for CSR Development is a non-profit organization with 20 member companies representing both leading multinational and Ukrainian companies. The Centre for CSR Development is an expert organization that implements CSR projects and consults companies on CSR strategy development and on non-financial reporting in Ukraine.
The Centre is a member of CSR Europe, the leading European business network for corporate social responsibility with 71 multinational corporations and 33 national partner organizations as members. The organization was founded in 1995 by senior European business leaders in response to an appeal by the European Commission President Jacques Delors. The network of CSR Europe has played a key role in fostering dialogue and cooperation between business, policymakers and other stakeholders to advance the CSR movement in Europe and globally. The Centre for CSR Development, Ukraine became the first organizational member of CSR Europe for Ukraine and the post Soviet states.
The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation has already taken a role in the Centre's IV National CSR Business Case Contest.
The Centre for CSR Development, Ukraine opened the IV National CSR Business Case Contest during the Conference, CSR Reports: Why, How and For Whom? in Kyiv on May 14, 2012. Major partners included Ernst & Young, "MTS Ukraine" and the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation. The National Business Case Contest is a unique Ukrainian initiative that promotes best practices for corporate social responsibility since 2009.
Maryna Saprykina, Executive Director for the Centre of CSR Development, Ukraine stated "Centre for CSR Development is honored to partner with U.S.-Ukraine Foundation in conducting of the CSR Case Contest among companies in Ukraine. Through proper CSR understanding and implementation a company could obtain many advantages in the economic sphere by increasing profits, in the social sphere by developing employees and communities around, and in the environmental sphere by cutting negative ecological impact. Therefore, the major goal of the CSR Case Contest is to show the business case for CSR and involve Ukrainian companies in a progressive business community at the global level."
Maryna Saprykina, Markian Bilynskyj, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation Vice President/Director of Field Operations in Ukraine, and Oksana Yakovenko, Program Director at U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, had an opportunity to meet in Kyiv and discuss the importance of CSR and how the partnership of the two organizations can promote CSR development both in Ukraine and in the United States.
"We are pleased to be a part of the processes recognizing the best practices for corporate social responsibility and we look forward to recognizing this year's awardees during our 2012 Conference & Gala, Leadership in a Global World, to be held in Washington, DC, November 30 - December 1, 2012," said Mr. Bilynskyj.
During the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation's Gala Celebration of Ukraine's 20th Anniversary of Independence on December 1, 2011, seven companies working in Ukraine received Corporate Social Responsibility awards: Abbott Laboratories S.A. Ukraine, Cisco Ukraine, DLA Piper Ukraine LLC, Mary Kay Ltd Ukraine, System Capital Management (SCM), TNK-BP Commerce, and Winner Automotive Group.
Maryna Saprykina, one of the keynote speakers at the 2011 Gala's Corporate Social Responsibility Awards Luncheon, stated, "Ukraine's transition to a stable economic development and its integration into the European and global communities require new practices of cooperation between the state and business, as well as business and society. This will make it possible to enhance the mutual responsibility of all those participating in social life and to produce a new environment for the future stable development of the state and society, taking into account the widest possible interests."
The Foundation and the Centre will honor this year's companies with the best CSR programs on November 30, 2012, at the 2012 Conference & Gala, Leadership in a Global World. The CSR Awards will be presented to companies in recognition and appreciation of their CSR commitment to outstanding corporate citizenship, community investment, environment, as well as economic and humanitarian development. This certainly will be an excellent opportunity to showcase how business contributes to Ukraine's development.
For more information about the Centre, go to: http://www.csr-ukraine.org/?lang=en