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Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics

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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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Civil Society Day 2012

On 19 September 2012 Civil Society Day was celebrated, with this year’s event dedicated to teenagers and youth.

The idea to celebrate Civil Society Day and thus set up a new annual holiday was initiated by Civic Development and Partnership Foundation (CDPF). The first celebration of Civil Society Day was initiated in 2009, with the objective to give birth to a new tradition and to spread the concept of civil society in Armenia. The festive events in 2009 included “Civil Society Through My Eyes” photo-contest, film and PSA presentation, press conference and concert.

In 2010, celebrations were devoted to volunteerism as one of the cornerstones of civil society aimed at promoting active civic participation. More than 20 organizations presented their achievements and volunteer programs; in addition, a volunteer march and a concert were organized.

In 2011, Civil Society Day was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the RA Independence. The events were organized during 3 consecutive days. On September 17th, a FlashMob dedicated to Civil Society was organized in Northern Avenue of Yerevan city. The next day a photo and essay contest and a concert were organized in Vanadzor city. Finally on September 19th, a press conference on the Civil Society Day celebration was held in "Erebuni Plaza" business center.

 In 2012, Armenian citizens again had the opportunity to hear and speak about civil society and its achievements in Armenia.

This year the CS Day celebration was devoted to youth and teenagers, as they are at the forefront of civil society. As previously, the event again took place in Lovers’ Park and was open to a wide public.

The following activities were included in the event programme: information fair with participation of the member organizations of CS Day organizational committee, forum theatre performance, interactive trainings and debates with youth participation, Civil Society Wall, "Your Voice" Boxes inviting public to raise issues that need public outreach or resolution, free legal consulting, an opportunity for teenagers and youth to engage in public activities, and a concert.

Information fair with participation of the member organizations of CS Day organizational committee

During the event, the member organizations of the CS Day organizational committee presented their activities to a wide public. The representatives of 11 civil society organizations (CSOs) were welcoming the visitors and presenting the concept of the CS Day and a brief on their organizations. Each organization’s booth was different and unique but they all had one thing in common, and that was “We Are a Part of Civil Society!!!” poster. The youth were given an opportunity to be engaged in public activities; many young people expressed their wish to join the present CSOs and show their public activeness. Some of the booths also provided free legal consultation to the park visitors.

Forum theatre performance

Children and teenagers representing the World Vision Armenia Alaverdi branch and the Cross of Armenian Union performed interactive theatres in the Lovers’ Park. The performances dedicated to children’s rights gathered wide audience. The central component of the performances was the opportunity for park visitors and passers-by to enter into the performance and define the end of the story.

Interactive trainings and debates with youth participation

The festive events at Lovers’ Park were continued with the interactive trainings and debates for youth and with youth participation. The trainings were dedicated to topics of leadership and volunteerism. In turn, the debates covered different civil society aspects, including child rights and ecological issues. Young people actively participated in the trainings and debates, which as they mentioned later were very interesting and helpful.

Civil Society Wall

Each year the CS Day organizers put a wish wall in the Lovers’ Park for visitors to write about their input in civil society and what the civil society is for them. In 2012, the heading of the wall was “I am the civil society, because…”. That is a good practice to see and understand how our citizens interpret civil society and civic activism and to make them recognize that they are indeed part of the civil society.

Concert

Eventually, the Civil Society Day events were accompanied by lovely music and a concert in the evening. A number of singers and music groups took part in the concert program, namely the duet “Hay Lao” (Tigran and Vardan Tadevosyans), David Tumanyan, Diana Hovakimyan, Hunan Hambaryan, DJ Guevo, and others. The moderator of the whole event on the stage was Mariam Meliqsetyan. They participated in the event on a voluntary basis, which once again proves that people in Armenia are willing to have their contribution to the development of civil society.

The event was organized as result of the hard work of a number of individual volunteers and organizations, such as Civic Development and Partnership Foundation, Jinishian Memorial Foundation, World Vision Armenia, Deem Communications, Counterpart International, Civil Society Development Network, Young Leaders’ School, Youth Achievement NGO, Cross of Armenian Union Benevolent NGO, Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Audio-Visual Reporters’ Association, Kasa Foundation, Birthright Armenia, and many others.

The Boghossian Gardens Foundation hosted the event in the Lovers’ Park for free, and the Figaro restaurants chain supported CDPF by generously providing lunch boxes for the CDPF volunteers.

CDPF team expresses its deepest gratitude to all volunteers and partners, participants and guests for their support and interest, which made the celebration of the Civil Society Day a real success.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

The 2012 Civil Society Day was widely covered by online media (see the links below):

The photos of the 2012 Civil Society Day celebration can be found through these links:

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