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First Meeting of the Global Compact in Georgia

(New York / Tblisi, 20 December 2006 gco/undp) – The first informal working meeting of the Global Compact local network in Georgia was held in Tbilisi on 19 December. 34 participants, majority of businesses jointly with educational institutions and civil society organizations, discussed priorities of the new local network.

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The meeting was chaired by Mr. Robert Watkins, UN Resident Coordinator. Among the outcomes were an agreement among companies to raise awareness about responsible business practices in view of companies’ plans to expand the economy and putting it on path of sustainable and competitive growth. Plans for the future included learning events where participants exchange experiences on good practices. 

‘Promoting CSR among the businesses is very crucial at this stage as some of the businesses are already implementing social projects, however these activities are not incorporated into the strategy of the company’, said Tariel Zivzivadze representing Georgian Business Ethics Association and further suggested ‘introducing annual reports specifically for socially responsible activities that could be done under GC umbrella.’ 

Companies present at the event included: Bank Republic/Societe Generale, TBC  Bank (Banking), British Petroleum, Georgian International Oil Corporation (Gas and Oil), Pfizer (Pharmaceutical company), Tserovani, Nikora (food processing companies). Agritechnics (food import and distribution), Geocell (GSM operator), Aldagi (insurance company), M Group (management service company - chain of restaurants, clubs, hotels), Business Ethics Association, AMCHAM, Georgian American University, European School of Management, etc.

For further information, please contact:

Irakli Chkonia or Nino Tavadze
Brokers, Global Compact and Public Private Partnerships,
UNDP Georgia
irakli.chkonia@undp.org.ge, nino.tavadze@undp.org.ge
Phone: +995 32 2511 26 ext. 161/ 259