Between September 12 and 16, 2011, Bishkek will be the venue for the Week of Corporate Social Responsibility. The Week, for the first time in Kyrgyzstan, was organized by CSR Business Network, Aga Khan Foundation, BAS EBRD, American Chamber of Commerce in Kyrgyzstan, International Business Council and OSCE. The idea was also supported by partner companies, including Kumtor Operating Company, Sky Mobile (Beeline Trade Mark) and Mol Bulak Finance.
According to the organizers, a series of workshops, public debates and conferences developed by international experts and practitioners in the CSR field and adapted to national peculiarities would help establish an effective dialogue on CSR matters among the State, business community and society as well as would enable business people to exchange experience, learn more about the introduction and development of CSR standards in their companies.
One of the Week’s central events will be the presentation and distribution of the book “Mastering CSR: Complicated Things as Explained in Simple Words”, published with the support of Kumtor Operating Company and Mol Bulak Finance. The book publication has become possible due to Kyrgyzstan’s leading companies that are not only implementing and developing their own CSR principles but also contributing to the systemic development of the national economy at large, said Asel Arstanbekova, the publication organizer and director of CSR Business Network.
“This book is a very important and timely publication, which will be helpful to business managers, enable the broad public to take a closer look at the international and domestic experience in the CSR field, help gain a better understanding of the logic and principles of formation of CSR strategies and programs. Hopefully, all those parties involved in the debates on the responsibility of both business and government structures to society will soon arrive at a constructive conclusion that social responsibility is an imperative for sustainable economic development. This responsibility should be shared by all parties concerned,” commented Robert Wunder, President of Kumtor Operating Company.