Transparency
 
Ventspils Nafta among most sustainable companies

Annual sustainability performance was recently evaluated by many companies in Latvia. We are proud of our members' achievements in the Sustainability Index 2015: Ventspils Nafta achieved Platinum, Cemex, Nordea Bank AB Latvia branch and SEB Bank Gold, Coca-Cola HBC Latvia Silver, but GlaxoSmithKline and RISEBA Bronze. Overall 3 Platinum, 11 Gold, 18 Silver and 7 Bronze awards were given.

 
 
Members: CSR is an integral part of business development

Inese Karpovica, a recent BA graduate in the Management of International Communication from the Turiba University devoted her diploma thesis to exploring CSR as a factor of development in AmCham. Members admitted that CSR is essential for their company development resulting in customer loyalty, better risk management, improved financial performance and reputation. In members' opinion AmCham CSR activities help build stronger cooperation and partnership among members. The Human Development Award was mentioned by members as the most successful activity among recent CSR activities conducted by AmCham.

 
 
The people are who really matter

Jurmalas aizsardzibas biedriba, Ikskiles Briva Skola, RMHC Latvija and Andris Ceksters were awarded the Human Development Award of Latvia 2015 on April 16 during the Awards Ceremony Dinner at the State Gymnasium No.2. The winners received a custom-made sculpture "Sprout" designed by artist Olga Silova, an Award certificate and other special prizes by the program partners and sponsors. AmCham together with the US Embassy and Civic Alliance of Latvia hosted the Human Development Awards for the 2nd consecutive year.

 
 
Modest level of trust in NGOs, research finds

As a result of Corporate-NGO partnership seminar held in December 2014, the research on Corporate Social Responsibility and civil society in Latvia was conducted by Roger A. Ritvo, Ph.D. and Anna Feldmane from Riga Business School. The research shows that Corporate-NGO partnerships are continuing to develop, however, the majority of respondents have a modest level of trust in NGOs.

 
 
7 principles of building effective partnerships between corporations and NGOs

Based on the survey on Corporate Social Responsibility and civil society in Latvia conducted by Roger Ritvo and Anna Feldmane, 7 best practices for successful partnerships between NGOs and corporations were outlined.

 
 
Community
 
Help children in need to get ready for school

Let's help children left without their biological parents get ready for school! The Latvian Foster Family Association kindly asks to support their annual campaign "School children must go to school".

 
 
The more you eat the more you help

SOS Children's Villages and famous Latvian chefs invite you to the restaurants on September 1st in order to support the charity campaign "The more you eat - the more you help". Many restaurants will donate 10 percent of their turnover generated on the day of the campaign to help the children get prepared for the new school year.

 
 
Can you help children see?

Since the launch of its operations more than 16,000 medical exams have been performed by RMHC Latvija Care Mobile. Currently RMHC is looking for donations of used glasses (frames) for children. If you have glasses which are depreciated, but the frames are still valid, the Care Mobile is ready to collect them.

 
 
57 000 EUR raised for children in Ukraine

57 000 EUR were fundraised in the campaign "Children of War" in support of Ukrainian children who have suffered from the horror of war. Our member Skrivanek Baltic provided free translations of informative materials in several languages for the campaign.

 
 
Many ways to help SOS community

SOS Childrens' Villages in Latvia have completed several projects and activities with the generous support of AmCham members. Children had a chance to play sports and games with Microsoft and AON teams. CBRE established sandplay therapy room for SOS children in Islice. With the support of SEB bank the campaign "Because he/she has YOU" was held this spring and summer, encouraging regular contributions to SOS families.

 
 
Russian version of Manabalss.lv created

Skrivanek Baltic participated in the creation of the Russian language version of the website Manabalss.lv.

 
 
Business is the main source of income for 59% of new entrepreneurs

59% of surveyed Nordea Business School graduates named their own business as the main source of income. This year 20 out of 60 boldest entrepreneurial ideas were presented to potential investors during the 5th training season "From Investor to Idea" of the Nordea Business School.

 
 
Planting trees and helping kids

KPMG Baltics continues its charity work at the Rauda Boarding School for children with special needs and plants 9000 pine trees in Amata district.

 
 
Building trust, spreading happiness

At the beginnging of 2015 Coca-Cola HBC AG published its 2014 Integrated Annual Report "It's Good to Share - Building Trust, Spreading Happiness". The report focuses on three key CSR areas: promoting health and wellness, minimising environmental impact and benefitting local communities.

 
 
Unique Set of Furniture Restored

The Museum of Decorative Art and Design has completed the restoration of a unique set of furniture that was financed by Rietumu Bank Charity Fund.

 
 
Spigulis & Kukainis grants scholarship of excellence

At the beginning of 2015 Spigulis & Kukainis granted a scholarship of excellence to RGSL graduate student of the International and European Law Program, Ms. Anastasija Uduta, for her excellent academic performance and contribution to the community.

 
 
CEMEX gives mammoth tusk to Latvian Museum of Natural History

Latvian Museum of Natural History has received a very rare gift - a mammoth tusk that was found in CEMEX aggregates quarry located in Madona at the end of last year.

 
 
Environment
 
Coca-Cola employees clean the beach in Engure

Coca-Cola HBC Latvia continued cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund Latvia with a cleaning campaign in Engure nature park in Kurzeme region "Clean the Beach".

 
 
Make the world a better place

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija cares for the environment and local community covering areas such as community outreach, environmental improvement, employee well-being and health and safety. These are some of the activities they practice every day: improve energy efficiency, upgrade ventilation and cooling systems, collect used batteries, use low-energy bulbs and LED lighting, pre-sort waste and much more.

 
 
People
 
Who is the most family friendly company?

Cemex, Nordea Bank and SEB bank were named among the most family-friendly companies in Latvia by the Ministry of Welfare.

 
 
Work From Anywhere!

For the 4th consecutive year Microsoft Latvia organized "Work From Anywhere!" campaign gathering around 200 participants. The goal of the event is to promote flexible work style and demonstrate practical aspects of remote work.

 
 
     
 

CSR Report

 
     
 

Welcome to our CSR Report, a semi-annual publication highlighting the news and best practices in CSR. AmCham remains committed to promoting CSR through special events and activities, exchange of ideas and best practices. Visit the CSR section on our website to learn more and share your story.

 
     
     
     
 

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