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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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Armenia Launch Event for CSO Sustainability Index 2012
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16th Edition

CSO Sustainability Index for

Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia

Armenia

Civil 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.

Civic Development and Partnership Foundation has organized the Armenia Launch Event for CSO Sustainability Index 2012 on October 2, 2013, at Ani Hotel, Yerevan.

Armen Ghalumyan greeted participants and presented the agenda of the event. Though Karen Hilliard was expected to be one of the keynote speakers of the event, Anahit Martirosyan apologized that Karen could not come, and had a short speech on the history of CSO SI Index, USAID's support in direction of civil society development in Armenia, and expectations that are linked with upcoming legislative changes in CSO field in Armenia. Carel Hofstra, Chief of Party of Counterpart International in Armenia, also referred to the challenges and successes that Armenian civil society had in 2012 and previous years and briefly presented the projects implemented by Counterpart International Armenia, particularly four-year Civil Society and Local Government Support Program funded by USAID. Aram Orbelyan, Deputy Minister of Justice, provided some details about expected changes in legislation, mainly related with the Concept on CSO Institutional and Legislative Improvements to be approved by the Government in upcoming months.

After the introductory speeches, a presentation on 2012 CSO Sustainability Index in Armenia was delivered by Tatevik Margaryan, including brief introduction on the methodology of CSO Sustainability Index, description of seven dimensions of the Index, and a concluding remark on the comparison of Armenia with other countries in CIS region.

Following question-answers and the discussion concentrated on the legislative gaps, partnership between businesses and CSOs, general trends of civil society development in Armenia and comparative assessments in the region.

The event was attended by 44 participants, including 20 NGOs representatives, 1 government representative, 1 business community representative, 6 media representatives, and 16 donor and international organizations.

The event was covered by 2 TV channels, a radio channel and 3 online media. Below see the links of the online publications:

http://panorama.am/am/society/2013/10/02/tatevik-margaryan/

http://www.armradio.am/hy/2013/10/02/%D5%B4%D5%A5%D5%B6%D6%84-%D5%A6%D5%A1%D6%80%D5%A3%D5%A1%D6%81%D5%B8%D5%B2-%D5%A5%D6%80%D5%AF%D5%AB%D6%80-%D5%A5%D5%B6%D6%84-%D5%B6%D5%A1%D5%A5%D6%82-%D6%84%D5%A1%D5%B2%D5%A1%D6%84%D5%A1%D6%81%D5%AB/

http://www.aravot.am/2013/10/02/391930/

http://www.armnewstv.am/1380708740

The photos from the event are attached and also can be found through this link:

https://picasaweb.google.com/110190565932688201307/201213NGOSIUSAID

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