BSMEPA organized an event “Responsible business Conduct” where was the official presentation of NCP - Bulgaria
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On 20th of November 2023, the Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency in Quality and the National Contact Point for Responsible Business Conduct (NCP) hosted the information event “RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS CONDUCT”, which took place in the Royal Hall, at hotel Sofia Balkan Palace. The event was distinguished by high interest from the business side, which included both SMEs and large companies, NGOs, employees of government institutions, industry organizations and other interested parties. Тhe event started with a speech by the Minister of Innovation and Growth – Mrs. Milena Stoicheva and Ph.D Boyko Takov – Executive Director of BSMEPA, who is also the head of the National Contact Point.

The event was attended by representatives of leading state institutions and businesses, including: Mr. Julian Popov – Minister of Environment and Water, Assoc. Prof. Manyu Moravenov – Executive Director of the Bulgarian Stock Exchange, Assoc. Prof. Marina Stefanova from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, who was also the moderator in the first panel, which was dedicated to “Responsible business conduct – a prerequisite for sustainable growth and competitive advantages”. Other representatives who took part were Mrs. Milena Angelova – General Secretary of the Association of Industrial Capital in Bulgaria, Mr. Andrey Gyurov – Deputy Governor of the Bulgarian National Bank, Mrs. Ivana Radomirova – Member of the Board of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Zornitsa Rusinova – Chairman of the Economic and Social Council, Mr. Zdravko Peshakov – Managing Director of “SAP Bulgaria” and others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The head of the NCP – Ph.D Boyko Takov presented in detail the activities of the National Contact Point, as well as its main functions as a mechanism of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He emphasized its main tasks, which are to promote in Bulgaria the OECD Guidelines for responsible business conduct and to serve as an extrajudicial mechanism for resolving cases that have arisen (called “specific instanses”).

The purpose of the event was to introduce businesses to NCP’s activities in promoting Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The idea is to increase the awareness of Bulgarian enterprises about the possibilities and advantages of responsible business conduct, as a prerequisite for sustainable economic growth and competitiveness in the process of internationalization. Several good examples were also given of the National Contact Points in Italy, France and Poland for resolving arising “disputes” through mediation.

Participants in both the morning and afternoon panel discussions converged around the themes of national business awareness and a unified strategy for implementing the Guidelines for full OECD membership. The goal is for institutions and enterprises to walk together on the road to sustainability. This is the only way to overcome all the difficulties on the path of SMEs to modernization and modernization, including the lack of communication between departments, the inefficiency of information regimes The idea of ​​building a national portal with well-selected and easily accessible and clearly structured information that companies could use for their self-regulation and self-assessment on the Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) scale was also discussed.