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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

Թրանսփարենսի Ինթերնեշնլ հակակոռուպցիոն կենտրոն ՀԿ-ն Քաղաքացիական զարգացման և համագործակցության հիմնադրամի, Ժուռնալիստների «Ասպարեզ» ակումբի, Հետաքննող լրագրողներ հասարակական կազմակերպության, Բազելի կառավարման ինստիտուտի և Ոչ առևտրային իրավունքի եվրոպական կենտրոնի հետ համատեղ ԱՄՆ ՄԶԳ-ի աջակցությամբ իրականացնում է «Թափանցիկ և հաշվետու կառավարման խթանում` քաղաքացիական հասարակության մասնակցության միջոցով» ծրագիրը:

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15th Edition CSO Sustainability Index for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Armenia

Presenting the reults of SI 2011 ArmeniaCivil society has played a leading, often pivotal, role in fostering democratic change across Europe and Eurasia over the last decade and a half. Civic organizations have stood on the ‘front lines’ of democratization: as key protagonists in democratic breakthroughs; taking on new, expanded roles in advocacy, oversight, and serving citizens; and in some countries responding to more restrictive laws and political environments.

CDPF has organized a launch event for CSO Sustainability Index 2011, Armenia on 13 July, 2012, at Congress Hotel, Yerevan.
The opening speeches included speeches by Nick Stokes, USAID Governance and Democracy Officer, and Alex Sardar, Chief of Party at Counterpart International Armenia. They noted about the challenges and successes that Armenian civil society had in 2011 and previous years and appreciated the work done by CSOs in Armenia that contribute to the democratic advancement. Afterwards, Tatevik Margaryan presented the methodology of CSO Sustainability Index, and Armenian CSO 2011 Index in seven dimensions, including the main achievements and issues CSOs faced in each aspect.

Alex Sardar delivering a speech on SI 2011 Armenia Launch EventIn 2011 Armenia CSO Sustainability Index is 4.0, which is an average indicator in the scale 1-7. The lowest indicator is the financial sustainability indicator (5.2), which shows the CSOs’ vulnarable financial sustainability and dependence from donor funds. In contrary, advocacy field was marked with CSO achievements (with indicator equal to 3.4) including successes in different ecological and legal initiatives. In the regional scale, CSO Sustainability index sets Armenia in the second place right after Ukraine, though in legal framework dimension Armenia is behind Georgia as well, and in the financial sustainability dimension Armenia is in 5th place, after Ukraine, Russia, Georgia and Moldova. The full report on CSO Sustainability Index 2011 Armenia can be found HERE.

Question-answer at SI 2011 Armenia Launch Event

After the presentation of CSO Sustainability Index 2011 results, the floor was given to participants for question-answers and discussion. The questions concentrated on the Index methodology and comparative assessments.

The event was attended by 41 participants, including local and international organizations, government, business and donor community representatives, as well as media.

The event was widely covered by  TV and radio channels,  newspapers and online media. Below see the links of the online media coverage: http://www.nt.am/en/news/168922/
http://www.nt.am/am/news/168922///?hayworld
http://www.aravot.am/en/2012/07/13/90449/
http://www.aravot.am/2012/07/13/90449/
http://www.arka.am/ru/news/society/organizatsii_grazhdanskogo_obshchestva_armenii_v_2011_godu_stolknulis_s_trudnostyami_v_pravovoy_i_ob/ http://arka.am/am/news/society/_2011_ՀՀ+քաղաքացիական+հասարակության+կազմակերպությունները+2011թ.ին+դժվարությունների+են+հանդիպել+իրավական+և+հասարակական+ոլորտներում.+հետազոտություն/ http://www.7or.am/am/news/view/37882/
http://www.haynews.am/hy/1342081799
http://www.aysor.am/am/news/2012/07/13/tatevik-margaryan/
http://www.panorama.am/am/society/2012/07/13/report/

The photos from the event can be found here:
https://picasaweb.google.com/110190565932688201307/CSOSustainabilityIndex2011ArmeniaLaunchEvent http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151289500307796.565374.160841667795&type=3

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