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Although not new in the developed part of the world, the concepts of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and ethical leadership are making first steps in gaining popularity in developing countries, with Armenia being not an exception. Nowadays many Armenians can hardly explain what constitutes to be a good corporate citizen, which is quite often confused with engaging in charitable activities. It is obvious that any for-profit entity is mainly concerned with earning and accumulating wealth, but the current worldwide trend is that this is not the only determinant of their existence and long-term success. More and more businesses realize that they do not operate in a vacuum; continuous interaction with different stakeholders is critical, with serious considerations for the environment, economically vulnerable populations, and the society as a whole.

In light of the above, it is therefore paramount to raise ethical competence and integrity standards of local managers for them to succeed in today's competitive and highly demanding world. With this in mind, the given training is aimed at familiarizing the audience with the theoretical framework for corporate social responsibility and business ethics, addressing the issues of its practical application, and exploring its contributions and limitations to the society.

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Լավագույն փորձի հետքերով և ՔՀԿ-ների իրավական միջավայրի գնահատում քննարկումներին մասնակցելու հրավեր

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Civil Society Day in Lovers park

First time ever in Armenia September 19, 2009 was marked with Civil Society Day celebration that took place in Lovers’ Park.

This novel idea inititated by Civic Development and Partnership Foundation for the first time gathered local civic organizations and other stakeholders to celebrate Civil Society Day and thus set up a new annual holiday.

Civil Society Day is aimed to raise public awareness about civil society throughout different social strata and contribute to the development of civil society in general.

This year “Civil Society through My Eyes” photo exhibition, award ceremony and concert took place within the framework of Civil Society day. Different civil society organizations, state and international organizations, as well as ordinary citizens participated in this festive event.

The purpose of “Civil Society through My Eyes” photo exhibition was to give RA citizens the opportunity to express their opinions on civil society and present their views to the wide audience. As a result, during the photo contest 204 photos were collected from people between 12 and 60 years of age. Through these photos the authors reflected their attitude towards the civil society in Armenia, its achievements and current issues.
Jury members including Zaven Sargsyan (Sergey Parajanov Museum Director), Hakob Berberyan (photo-journalist), Arzuman Harutyunyan (president of the Association of Audio-Visual Reporters), Nazeni Hovhannisyan (actress), and Arpi Vardanyan (regional director of American Armenian Council) were selected to evaluate the photos. Jury reviewed and assigned scores to all photos.
Then the winners who best captured the idea of civil society were named: first prize was awarded to Lilian Galstyan for her photograph “Unnamed”, the second prize was awarded to Karen Minasyan – “Wedding Party in Karabakh” and Nazik Armenakyan – “Deserved Rest”, and the third prize went to Hayk Bianjyan -“This is Just the Way We Live”, Rasmila Alaverdyan - “Moscow theatre, access for all?”, and Sargis Virabyan – “Unnamed”.

The official part of the celebration started on 13:00 p.m. with a concert, where “Paros” chamber choir, Narek Margaryan, “Another Story” rock group, Naira Manoucharyan, David Khachatryan, Zohrab Zohrabyan, Margar Yeghiazaryan and Mher Manukyan participated.

In parallel with the concert press conference was organized. CDPF director and the jury stressed the importance of civil society for our country, explained the purpose of CSD, the photo contest, as well as the way the photos were assessed and selected.

All entrants in the Lovers’ Park received pins displaying “We are the civil society” phrase, and children received orange balloons printed with “For Civil Society”. CDPF volunteers were informing almost all guests and participants of the event about the idea of CSD celebration, and the purpose of the photo contest. During this day CDPF collected monetary donations. The aim of this fundraising effort was to show that each of us is able to make his/her little but invaluable contribution for civil society development. As a result of this fundraising initiative 123’000 AMD was collected. This initiative will serve as a best example of our society’s readiness to support the formation of civil society, its strenghtening and development and all money donated will be used for this purpose.

Organizations like Office Pro Ltd, Professionals for Civil Society NGO, Boghossian Gardens Ltd, Armenian Media Group Information and Legal Center NGO, Radio Hay, City FM, Kodak Photo Service, A1+, Photo.am, 35mm.am, and others actively supported the organizational process of this event. 
More than 30 CDPF volunteers have made their inestimable contribution to the event, by arduously working both during preparation days as well as the whole Civil Society celebration day.

Civil Society Day was widely and positively covered by print, TV, radio and on-line media, such as Kentron, Yerkir Media, Mir and Hay TV television broadcasts, Arminfo Information Agency, www.armenianow.am, www.panorama.am, www.aysor.am, www.vestnikkavkaza.com, www.hayinfo.am, www.redtram.com and many other media.

CDPF expresses its warm thanks to all individuals and organizations, participants and guests for their contribution and support without which this event would not be possible. We hope that the next year Civil Society Day will gather more people and organizations and you will be among them.

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