Tuesday 24 April 2018

Hellenic Network for Corporate Social Responsibility

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10 years of

‘‘CSR refers to the management philosophy that highlights values and principles which require trust, continuous and open dialogue and collaboration with stakeholders, true communication of the implemented activities through social reports, focus on human capital and human rights, and acceptance that profit, consumer satisfaction and societal well-being are of equal value in evaluating the performance of a business.’’

N. Analytis, Chair of the Board of the Hellenic Network for CSR, June 2010

Taking action at national level

From the very outset, TITAN Group gave top priority to “joint action” in its strategy for Corporate Social Responsibility, which is the alignment of its action with other companies and stakeholders along common objectives and priorities. Encouraging «joint action» ensures optimization of resources and acts as a catalyst of change in the business community at local and national levels.

In July 2000 TITAN Group joined efforts with twelve other companies and three business associations in Greece to found the Hellenic Network for Corporate Social Responsibility (www.csrhellas.gr).

TITAN Group early on expressed its strong belief in taking «joint action» by accepting an invitation extended by the former President of the European Commission, Mr. Jacques Delors, in 1995, for the first European Meeting for Social Cohesion.

This proved to be an important development, which resulted in the creation of the first Business Association focused on corporate social responsibility and sustainable development in Europe, known today as CSR Europe (www.csreurope.org).

The Hellenic Network for CSR represents more than 140 companies and organizations and acts as a key agent in providing training, information and support to companies and stakeholders regarding CSR issues. At the same time, it actively contributes to the creation and promotion of new business standards which are in accordance with CSR and sustainability principles in Greece and the European Union. It has also undertaken significant initiatives particularly with respect to disseminating corporate social responsibility concepts and practices among small and medium size enterprises, which represent the vast majority of the Greek business community.
Among the Network’s more significant efforts is the participation in the implementation of the European Union Business Alliance for CSR, focused on two thematic priorities: «diversity» and «responsible supply chain management».

The success of these initiatives has fostered recognition at both European and national levels. The Responsible Supply Chain Management Portal was acknowledged by the U.N. Global Compact Initiative as a significant tool to further promote corporate social responsibility throughout the global supply chain.

Acknowledging the importance of this issue, TITAN has undertaken the responsibility to support the Hellenic Network in the launching and dissemination of the Greek version of the responsible supply chain management portal.

While recognizing of the extraordinary challenges lying before the Greek business community and society, in the midst of a very severe economic crisis, the Hellenic Network for CSR laid down a framework for the development of a national CSR strategy, aimed to cover a three-year period.

The first part of this effort was concluded at the end of 2010, identifying as key social priorities at national level: «fighting child poverty» and «supporting young unemployed to develop new skills and competencies».

TITAN and its subsidiary in Greece, INTERBETON, have joined the working groups established by the Hellenic Network in order to implement specific collaborative actions related to these two national priorities.

TITAN Group pledges

Aligned with TITAN Group Values and Code of Conduct are the following pledges and international standards :

  • U.N. Global Compact
  • AA1000 Accountability Principles Standard
  • ISO 14001: 2004 Enviromental Management System Certification
  • OHSAS 18001
  • SA 8000 Social Accountability
  • GRI (reporting guidelines)
  • WBCSD/CSI (sectoral initiative)
  • E.U. Business Alliance for CSR (European initiative)

All the above are closely related to ISO 26000 CSR principles and particularly the following:

  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Ethical behavior
  • Respect for stakeholder interests
  • Respect for the rule of law
  • Respect for international norms and behavior
  • Respect for human rights