Dear prospective participant in the RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS DIRECTORY, United Nations in Ukraine, in partnership with the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the European Business Association and the American Chamber of Commerce would like to introduce to you the first Responsible Business Directory in Ukraine. The Directory features socially responsible companies at the local market. This edition is unique in its concept and promotes outstandingly the goal of improving business practices to increase business positive impacts on the society and environment. UN Global Compact initiative supports and strongly encourages the responsible behavior of business globally. We believe that ten Global Compact principles, incorporating human rights, labor rights, environmental protection and fight against corruption should be in the very core of business philosophy of the private sector in Ukraine. We compliment your responsible business practices and would like others to be informed about it. Your participation in the Directory is free of charge due to the financial support provided by the Institute for Sustainable Communities – Ukrainian Citizenship Action Network (ISC-UCAN) as part of their program funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The Directory will be a wonderful resource of information for a wide audience and will be distributed within the country and also abroad. The distribution channels include business associations, government bodies, the Ukrainian embassies abroad, and leading business networks in Europe. The circulation is aimed at 1000 copies in Ukrainian and 500 in English. As your company is applying for the opportunity to be listed in the Responsible Business Directory, we would like to introduce you to the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility, promoted in this book. The term "corporate social responsibility" (CSR) is used to name the attitude of ethically right business behavior and to describe a company's actions towards any sort of social improvement and communal benefit. The "CSR" notion is as much abstract as it is concrete. Its existence is revealed in anything from the shared company vision to the direct company action. The broad range of areas in which CSR is categorized includes: - Involvement in the community - Internal corporate culture - Education and leadership development - Corporate governance and business ethics - Environmentally friendly business For the purpose of creating a publication, we kindly ask you to take your time, read through the explanations and fill out the questionnaire that you can find attached herewith. Due to restrictions in volume, we will be inviting only companies with more that 50 employees locally based in Ukraine to participate in this edition of the Directory. We would like to also announce that there will be possibilities for companies’ commercial advertisements in the publication. Information about the advertisement opportunities is attached herewith. We will greatly appreciate it if you submit this questionnaire together with other information you are willing to provide by 31 March, 2007 at the following e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org Should you have any questions regarding Responsible Business Directory, do not hesitate to call Anna Danylyuk at 8 (044) 253 93 63 or at e-mail email@example.com. Let’s write together the first Responsible Business Directory of Ukraine! Sincerely yours, United Nations Global Compact Team Ukraine RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS DIRECTORY QUESTIONNAIRE Company name CEO Contact person/Position Telephone/Fax E-mail Web Industry As stated in the foreword of this questionnaire what we mean by social responsible business is a company that is engaged with benefiting society and environment in its daily practice. Please feel free to use the questionnaire as an open format. Should you have any supporting documents related to the CSR activities, you are welcome to share them together with the submitted questionnaire (electronically). We are kindly asking you to limit your answers up to 100 words for one question and to describe your company’s activities in the following areas: 1. What is your company’s involvement with the COMMUNITY? Please describe your company’s activities beneficial for the community at large. Please specify what type of activities and support your company provides related but not limited to such as: grants/cash funds, if yes, approximately how much do you provide on an annual basis - for what types of activities and organizations?; volunteer time of staff; material goods or resources; internship mentoring programmes; other (please specify) 2. What is your company’s involvement with the ENVIRONMENT? Here you can include examples that illustrate your company’s responsibility for various environmental issues. This question is related to the efficient usage of natural resources by your company, measuring and improving the environmental impact of operations, products and services, your company’s management effort of raising such awareness, etc. Any contributions concerned with ecology are also an important asset to this field. 3. What does your company do at WORKPLACE in the frame of corporate social responsibility? Does your company invest in people? Does it stimulate employee involvement and personal development? In this section we encourage you to elaborate on the company’s attitude to its human capital, e.g. what training and development programs you provide for the employees, remuneration and benefits packages and other kinds of incentives as sign of appreciative attitude of the company to the people who work for it. 4. What is your company’s practice of BUSINESS ETHICS? Does your company practice morally right and generally responsible business behavior? Do you have a code of ethics? Here you can state your awareness and partiality for the principles of business ethics, as well as affirm that the CSR concept influences your behavior in the business environment. Thank you very much for taking the time to fill in this questionnaire!
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