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Welcome to our semi-annual CSR Report. As a strong advocate of corporate social responsibility, AmCham regularly compiles and highlights our member CSR activities and best practices. Thank you for the great work you are doing. If you have a story to share with our community, keep us posted, so that others can learn about it, too.

We encourage you to keep in mind the charities that we support for many years. Here are some of the things they seek this fall: donating medical consultations for children, getting school supplies for foster kids, supporting counseling for breast cancer patients, and purchasing technological devices to find missing people. In the last months, nationwide educational initiative Iespejama Misija joined our community – they are now looking for new partners to create meaningful learning experiences for school children.

Feel free to share your story with the rest of us and help make the world a better place!




airBaltic, Cognizant, RISEBA, SEB, Swedbank named among most responsible companies

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Five AmCham members have been recognized by the Sustainability Index 2022: SEB bank and Swedbank achieved Diamond, airBaltic and RISEBA – Gold and Cognizant – Silver. The Institute for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (InCSR) has been evaluating corporate sustainability and responsibility of companies in Latvia for 13 years in a row. For the first time in the history of the Sustainability Index four companies have reached the Diamond category of InCSR. Read more

New center of excellence for financial crime prevention to be launched in Riga

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Continuing to expand the functions of its business services center SEB Global Services in Riga, SEB Group is currently developing its center of excellence for financial crime prevention, which is responsible for delivering services such as compliance with anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing requirements, compliance with international sanctions, fulfillment of "know your customer" (KYC) requirements and other related services from Riga to 12 different countries across the globe. Read more


Tackling corruption strategically

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2021 was another remarkable and demanding year for the Transparency International (TI) movement. In May, TI released a report summarizing the organization's main achievements in 2021 and results in TI's strategic directions, including protecting public funds, stopping dirty money flows, ensuring political integrity, promoting business integrity and the rule of law, expanding the civic environment, building communities that fighting corruption. Read more

Zero tolerance against corruption gains support

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On May 30, the first 5 companies Bonava Latvia, the Pauls Stradiņš University Clinical Hospital, Rīgas Forests, Schwenk Latvia, and the State Real Estate Agency joined Delna and CSR Latvia initiative “Zero Tolerance Against Corruption”. They will strive to introduce and promote transparency principles, anti-corruption policies and procedures as well as publicize them internally and externally. Revisit the event! Read more


The environment


Swedbank releases sustainability report for 2021

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Sustainability continues to be an important part of Swedbank's core business, and the bank continues to play a leading role in transforming sustainability in four strategic focus areas: core business, customer value creation, operational efficiency and core principles. Read the report HERE Read more

Promoting recycling habits among students

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Mission Possible has started cooperation with Depozīta Iepakojuma Operators to promote the formation of positive attitudes and habits among students based on the understanding of the packaging deposit system in Latvia. The first teaching materials will be available already this fall. Read more


Luminor publishes its first sustainability report

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Luminor has published its Sustainability Report 2021, reflecting the bank’s performance with regards to environmental, social and governance aspects. The bank made progress in all main sustainability focuses by being responsible and CO2 neutral in their own operations, supporting the transition to low carbon economy and caring for issues in local societies. Read more

airBaltic introduces sustainable technician uniforms

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airBaltic has introduced new, modern high visibility uniforms for its technical staff supplied by their manufacturer FRISTADS, which is the first company to provide environmentally declared high-visibility uniforms. In April, airBaltic received the highest ranking among Latvian brands in the European Sustainable Brand Index in the transport and travel sector. Read more


Radisson Elizabete receives Green Key certificate

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Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel has been among the first to receive Green Key certificate and has concluded re-certification in accordance with the new Green Key program 2022-2025. Obtaining Green Key demonstrates the hotel’s efforts to develop an environmentally friendly, sustainable and responsible business. Read more




Our members among Top Employers of 2021

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Swedbank was ranked Top Employer 2021 and also the best employer in the financial sector according to survey conducted by CV-Online. SEB bank, Citadele bankaLuminor Latvija were also named among top 5 in the financial sector. airBaltic won the title in the transport and logistics sector and Premier Restaurants Latvia was declared the 5th best employer in the public catering sector. MikroTik was the 3rd popular in the manufacturing sector, Accenture ranked 3rd best in two categories - IT and telecommunications and the international business.
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airBaltic wins IATA Diversity & Inclusion Team award

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International Air Transport Association has announced Latvian airline airBaltic as the winner of its Diversity & Inclusion Team Award in a ceremony held at its annual general meeting in Doha, Qatar. Currently, the company has a total of over 1800 employees and airBaltic continues active recruitment by offering numerous vacancies.  Read more




€1650 raised for charities in the Independence Day Picnic

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EUR 1650 was raised for AmCham's principal charities during this year's U.S. Independence Day's Celebration: Bezvests.lvChildren's Hospital FoundationLatvian Foster Family AssociationPink Train Foundation, RMHC Latvija Care Mobile and SOS Children's Villages. As a result, many children in Latvia will receive free healthcare services, a family-based support as well as will support women affected by breast cancer and families of missing people. Read more

Latvijas Finieris allocates €625,000 to Ukrainian people

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Based on the public promise made by Latvijas Finieris and RSEZ SIA VEREMS to allocate 5 euros for each cubic metre of birch veneer log purchased in Latvia, and taking into account the volumes of purchased trees, 625,000 euros has been allocated for donations starting from March. The distribution of support funds is coordinated in close co-operation with the Embassy of Ukraine in Latvia, the Confederation of Ukrainians in Latvia VICHE as well as Latvian public organizations. Read more


MikroTik donates €500 000 to the Children's Hospital

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In April 2022, MikroTik donated 500,000 euros to the Children's Clinical University Hospital Hematooncology department. The donation will be of great value easing the process of rehabilitation of its patients and covering other needs of the hospital. Read more

Ellex Klavins facilitates engagement with art heritage

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Ellex Klavins is proud to announce that the 6th season of “Story of a Painting” has been confirmed. This special project launched 5 years ago in cooperation with the Latvian National Museum of Art has become an annual tradition and 6th season will be dedicated to the exposition in the museum on the theme "Changes. 1985-1991 Latvian art in the period of regaining independence''. Read more


Help create meaningful learning experiences

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Mission Possible is preparing for the new school year with a help of a school program "Ready for Life" initiated 3 years ago with an aim to introduce innovative programs and solutions for Latvia's education system. The program is supported by AmCham members: Accenture, Luminor and Swedbank. Mission Possible is looking for new partners among companies that have intellectual resources and human capacity to create meaningful learning experiences for school children in Latvia. If you would like to share your knowledge and experience with the younger generation, feel free to contact them! Read more

Easing access to bank services for Ukrainians

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Since last year, anyone living in the Baltics has been able to open a bank account remotely, and every third new customer in Latvia and Lithuania currently opens an account in Citadele using the mobile app, while this figure increases to two in three in Estonia. Since Russia invaded Ukraine, more than 4,800 applications have been submitted to branches throughout the Baltics by Ukrainian citizens — war refugees. To ease the application process for Ukrainians and offer them a more up-to-date digital experience, they will now be able to open an account remotely through the Citadele mobile app. Read more


Apply for She's Next Grant program

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Visa in partnership with Luminor and IFundWomen continues Visa She’s Next Grant Program for women business founders by providing 4 businesses in the Baltics with grants of 10,000 EUR/each and 5,000 EUR/each to cover marketing expenses and a year of IFundWomen coaching services. Applications are accepted by September 30, 2022. Read more


Charities that we support


50 000 free medical consultations in 12 years

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Since 2011, Ronald McDonald House Charities Latvija (RMHC Latvija) children's "Care Mobile” has provided a record number of 50 000 free medical consultations for children all over Latvia with an aim to secure the availability of services that directly impact the health and well-being of children. In addition, RMHC Latvija ensures primary medical care to Ukraine’s civilians and has helped over 3 000 Ukrainian people in the last 5 months. Read more

Children’s Hospital Foundation helps Ukrainian children

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In addition to ongoing long-term programs that provide support for the Children’s Clinical University Hospital patients, their families and hospital staff, the Foundation is also carrying out several other projects: helping children with mobility impairment, autism and underage parents, introducing new informative website and program for children who have suffered abuse. Furthermore, they have already helped more than 350 Ukrainian children and families. Read more


Let's get foster children ready for school

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The Latvian Foster Family Association, who takes regular care of more than 201 families raising 356 children, is organizing its annual charity campaign "School children must go to school" to help prepare foster children for the new school year. They need backpacks and other necessary school supplies. Let's help foster kids get ready for their new school year!  Read more

Help kids from SOS Children Villages prepare for school

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SOS Children's Villages and famous Latvian chefs invite you to various Latvia's restaurants on September 1st in order to support their charity campaign "Take your beloved ones to a restaurant and help others to get to the school". Many restaurants in Latvia will support this campaign for the 8th year in a row. Check out the list of restaurants and bring your family to one of them by helping children get ready for school! Read more


Supporting over 1000 breast cancer survivors

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The Pink Train Foundation aims at ensuring professional, psychological support and physiotherapy to women diagnosed with breast cancer. Since its foundation, the organization has helped over 1000 women and it continues to provide these supporting services as soon as necessary in order to help women retain their physical and emotional balance during this challenging time. All donations big or small are greatly appreciated, so that the foundation can continue its mission of support and awareness. Read more

Ways to support in searching missing people

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BEZVESTS.LV, the only volunteer organization providing missing persons search in Latvia since 2009, has found 142 people in more than 2000 search operations. This year they have organized numerous search operations and introduced new search devices. Currently, they are looking for donations to obtain more devices, cover transportation expenses and maintain their existing equipment. Read more


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