CSR & Sustainable Value Creation was the topic of the panel discussion jointly organized by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary and AmCham Hungary.
After an overview on the CSR landscape in Hungary, presented by Katarina Szécsi Åsbrink from the Embassy of Sweden, 4 CEO’s from 4 different sectors and an NGO representative (Péter Csucska, Lexmark; Taira-Julia Lammi, ABB; Laszlo Molnar, Health and Medical Solutions division of Essity in Hungary and South East Europe; Veronika Špaňárová, Citi; András F. TÓTH, Volunteering Hungary) shared their view and experience in developing CSR strategy, their challenges and how to create a long term and sustainable value to both the company and the society. The moderator of the event was Thomas Straumits, President, SCCH.
CSR activities offer a lot of value and drive engagement among employees and the community. Donations of funds and goods are most frequently used but there is an increased interest in pro-bono and skill based CSR and innovating in the field.
Participants had the opportunity to hear great examples on activities where the focus was on involving engaged partners and employees as the ”house of mothers” at Bethesda Hospital, selling cakes for charity, planting trees or mentoring female engineers.
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary also announced the CSR Awareness Week, a new initiative dedicated to inspiring the community to engage in sustainable value adding activities and raise awareness for the value of CSR. Please click here to read more about this initiative.