GEORGIAN BUSINESS FOR UKRAINE
On February 24, Russia launched a full-scale war on Ukrainian territory that significantly deteriorated the humanitarian condition of every Ukrainian. Due to the war, most Ukrainians were cut off from daily life and suffered from shortages of food, medicine and basic necessities. Since the beginning of the war, the Ukrainian people have been actively assisted by Georgian companies, which are collecting financial resources and necessary items to help them in various ways. Significant steps have been taken to help the Ukrainian people by the Global Compact participant companies, which have set up funds, collected humanitarian aid and provided various services to Ukrainians in Georgia free of charge.
The Global Compact Network Georgia launched a series of podcasts - SDG Talks. The first episode of the podcast was dedicated to the UN Global Compact initiative “SDG Pioneer”, which aims to find local and international business leaders. Guest of episode one was Valeri Chekheria, hospitality sector entrepreneur and 2020 Local SDG Pioneer. A series of podcasts are produced with the support of the Swedish government.
From February onwards Every Wednesday at 13:10 on Formula TV “Business with Bloomberg” we will offer Tv rubric #way2SUSTAINABILITY. In the weekly TV program we will talk with partners and representatives of private companies about sustainable development agenda, with special focus on corporate sustainability. #way2SUSTAINABILITY is prepared with support from the Swedish government within the framework of project “Leadership for Sustainable Development in Georgia”.
According to the Memorandum of Understanding with the Business and Technology University (BTU), the Corporate Sustainability Undergraduate Course, developed by the Global Compact Network Georgia has been successfully implemented and launched in the spring semester
Corporate Sustainability Academy
The 60-hour Certificate course for representatives of Retail Association continues at the Corporate Sustainability Academy. In February, the course covered topics such as sustainable corporate governance, ethical leadership, and business integrity and the fight against corruption. The course is conducted in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and through the support from the Swedish Government.
Global Compact Network Georgia, with support from the USAID Economic Governance Program, implements a grant activity – “Promote capacity-building and enhance sustainability of the PPD Platform in the Parliament of Georgia”. The activity facilitates dialogue between the Georgian Parliament and private sector on economic reforms and promotes establishment of sustainable PPD platform in the Parliament. The platform will ensure active and effective private sector engagement in the legislative process. Grant activity started in October 2021, and will be completed in January 2024. The budget is 336, 777 Lari.
The Global Compact Network Georgia became a partner of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Civil Society Engagement Program on November 1, 2021. CSEP aims to Strengthen Georgian civil society through building the capacity of new and existing civic actors to act as trusted, legitimate and effective representatives of citizen interests. The program intends to facilitate partnerships between the private sector and CSO’s through corporate responsibility in the country. The program budget is 15 million USD, which started on November 1, 2021 and will be completed on October 31, 2026
Numbers of members of our network has increased to 120. As part of the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, we look forward to supporting more Georgian businesses to align their goals with the United Nation’s Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption.
WELCOME NEW JOINERS
• Georgia Capital
• Infrastructure Construction Companies Association ICCA
• CSD Consulting
Our team has been actively working to identify local SDG pioneers during February. SDG Pioneers are business professionals committed to advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals. The selected Local Pioneer will then have the opportunity to participate in the final search of Global SDG Pioneers to be recognized during the 2022 UN Global Compact Leaders’ Summit. The winners of the competition will be announced in March.
In February 2022, the Target Gender Equality Acceleration Program was completed. The companies participating in the Global Compact Network Georgia underwent three modules within the framework of the Target Gender Equality program: goal setting and ambition development, strategies for success, progress assessment and communication. Upon completion of the program, participating companies have the opportunity to develop an action plan, set strategic priorities to promote progress and make gender equality a reality, enhance the implementation of Women’s Empowerment Principles, and increase their contribution to sustainable development 5.5 goal.
• Climate Action Accelerator program A program has been announced for members of the UN Global Compact Network
• Multi-sectoral partnership projects on Road safety between business and NGO representatives; March 10th
• Within the Target Gender Equality program Regional dialogue event will be conducted with networks of Georgia, Turkey, Netherlands and Austria on the topic - „Future of Work”;
•The winners of the SDG Peioneer will be announced - March 10th
• CSO workshop with NGOs on partnership in Borjomi, Georgia March 17-18
• Within the framework of Target Gender Equality program Multi-sectoral dialogue will be conducted on the topic - - gender pay gap in Georgia
• Our new rubric -partnerships4SUSTAINABILITY - will be aired on TV pirveli BM.GE program “Business Morning” - March 25th
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