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PRESS RELEASE - Malta CSR Institute - Together for Sustainability and the European CSR Day

27 June 2019

Written by CORE Platform and HSBC Malta


PRESS RELEASE                                                                       27th June 2019


Malta CSR Institute - Together for Sustainability and the European CSR Day

On Thursday 27th of June 2019, the last session of the ‘Together for Sustainability’ one-day course was held. This course, which has been running since October 2018, involves a series of talks on water conservation, energy consumption, waste management and reduction, and sustainable development. Designed by Dr Alexandra Mifsud from the Centre of Environmental Education Research (CEER) at the University of Malta and Ms Amanda Zahra from the Water and Energy Agency it is being organised by the Malta CSR Institute and funded by the HSBC Water Programme. This training programme was directed at businesses, where members of staff were trained on the behaviour change they can make when it comes to the safeguarding of the environment and leading a more sustainable lifestyle both at home and at the workplace.

The last session was linked to the European CSR day, which happens in June of every year. Corporate Social Responsibility, which has been steadily transforming business models into more sustainable ones, is leaving many positive impacts on the social, environmental, as well as the economic sectors. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a main focus of the ‘Together for Sustainability’ one day course, fall very much in line with what CSR is all about and that is the reason why the CORE Platform was given an opportunity to speak on the subject during the last session. The aim of the European CSR day is to raise awareness on what CSR is, the importance of having it incorporated within a business strategy and framework, and the benefits that it yields, both to the company and its employees, as well as to the community and environment it operates in.

Mrs Helga Ellul, President of CORE Platform, explained that CSR must always start internally. From here one can then start engaging in CSR activities outside of the company. Nowadays, consumers and customers are becoming more aware of responsible corporations, in fact, many are those that choose the services of a company that engages in CSR instead of one that does not. Thus, CSR helps to improve the reputation of the business as well. Of course, CSR must never be done solely to gain a better image as that will not work in the long-run. Finally, she stressed that the misconception of CSR being charity is still an issue and that this is something that one needs to work on to overcome.

HSBC Bank Malta CEO, Mr Andy Beane, said: “At HSBC, we are proud to be playing a leading role in developing sustainable economies internationally and locally.  Today, our sustainability approach focuses on three main areas: sustainable finance; sustainable supply chains; and employability and financial capability.  In each of these areas, we have begun to take genuine strides forward. We have set out a series of commitments to contribute to the global transition to a low-carbon economy. We have also pledged long-term support to help people access education and training,so they can acquire the skills they need to succeed in today’s workplace. And through our partnerships with customers, NGOs and other key stakeholders, we are encouraging responsible business in global supply chains.  Bringing together more than 500 people from over 60 organisations across Malta to learn about sustainability is core to this strategy as we need to work together to accelerate the country’s transition to a low carbon, sustainable future that we can feel proud to pass on to the next generation.

For those interested in learning more on the subject, we invite you to get in touch with  matteo.privitelli@core.org.mt. If you would like to know more on the ‘Together for Sustainability’ one-day course, kindly visit the facebook page of the Malta CSR Institute - https://www.facebook.com/Malta-CSR-Institute-317729455718552/

 

 

PRESS RELEASE                                                                              27th June 2019

Malta CSR Institute - Together for Sustainability and the European CSR Day

On Thursday 27th of June 2019, the last session of the ‘Together for Sustainability’ one-day course was held. This course, which has been running since October 2018, involves a series of talks on water conservation, energy consumption, waste management and reduction, and sustainable development. Designed by Dr Alexandra Mifsud from the Centre of Environmental Education Research (CEER) at the University of Malta and Ms Amanda Zahra from the Water and Energy Agency it is being organised by the Malta CSR Institute and funded by the HSBC Water Programme. This training programme was directed at businesses, where members of staff were trained on the behaviour change they can make when it comes to the safeguarding of the environment and leading a more sustainable lifestyle both at home and at the workplace.

The last session was linked to the European CSR day, which happens in June of every year. Corporate Social Responsibility, which has been steadily transforming business models into more sustainable ones, is leaving many positive impacts on the social, environmental, as well as the economic sectors. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a main focus of the ‘Together for Sustainability’ one day course, fall very much in line with what CSR is all about and that is the reason why the CORE Platform was given an opportunity to speak on the subject during the last session. The aim of the European CSR day is to raise awareness on what CSR is, the importance of having it incorporated within a business strategy and framework, and the benefits that it yields, both to the company and its employees, as well as to the community and environment it operates in.

Mrs Helga Ellul, President of CORE Platform, explained that CSR must always start internally. From here one can then start engaging in CSR activities outside of the company. Nowadays, consumers and customers are becoming more aware of responsible corporations, in fact, many are those that choose the services of a company that engages in CSR instead of one that does not. Thus, CSR helps to improve the reputation of the business as well. Of course, CSR must never be done solely to gain a better image as that will not work in the long-run. Finally, she stressed that the misconception of CSR being charity is still an issue and that this is something that one needs to work on to overcome.

HSBC Bank Malta CEO, Mr Andy Beane, said: “At HSBC, we are proud to be playing a leading role in developing sustainable economies internationally and locally.  Today, our sustainability approach focuses on three main areas: sustainable finance; sustainable supply chains; and employability and financial capability.  In each of these areas, we have begun to take genuine strides forward. We have set out a series of commitments to contribute to the global transition to a low-carbon economy. We have also pledged long-term support to help people access education and training,so they can acquire the skills they need to succeed in today’s workplace. And through our partnerships with customers, NGOs and other key stakeholders, we are encouraging responsible business in global supply chains.  Bringing together more than 500 people from over 60 organisations across Malta to learn about sustainability is core to this strategy as we need to work together to accelerate the country’s transition to a low carbon, sustainable future that we can feel proud to pass on to the next generation.

For those interested in learning more on the subject, we invite you to get in touch with  matteo.privitelli@core.org.mt. If you would like to know more on the ‘Together for Sustainability’ one-day course, kindly visit the facebook page of the Malta CSR Institute - https://www.facebook.com/Malta-CSR-Institute-317729455718552/

Photocaptions:

38a - HSBC Malta CEO Andy Beane addressing the participants

38b - Mrs Helga Ellul, President of CORE Platform

38c - Mrs Helga Ellul, President of CORE Platform, addressing the participants

38d - HSBC Malta CEO Andy Beane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE                                                                            27ta’ Gunju 2019

Malta CSR Institute - Flimkien ghas-Sostenibilità u l-Jum Ewropew tas-CSR

Nhar il-Hamis 27 ta' Gunju 2019 saret l-ahhar sessjoni tal-kors ta' gurnata bit-tema 'Flimkien ghas-Sostenibbiltà'. Dan il-kors, li ilu ghaddej minn Ottubru 2018, kien jinvolvi serje ta' tahdidiet dwar il-konservazzjoni tal-ilma, il-konsum tal-energija, l-immaniggjar u t-tnaqqis tal-iskart, u l-izvilupp sostenibbli.  Iddisinjat minn Dr Alexandra Mifsud mic-Centru ta' Ricerka dwar l-Edukazzjoni Ambjentali (CEER) fl-Università ta' Malta u Ms Amanda Zahra mill-Agenzija tal-Ilma u l-Energija, il-kors kien organizzat mill-Malta CSR Institute u ffinanzjat mill-HSBC Water Programme. Dan il-programm ta' tahrig kien immirat lejn in-negozji, fejn membri tal-istaff kienu mharrga dwar il-bidliet fl-imgieba li huma jistghu jaghmlu biex ikun salvagwardjat l-ambjent u biex jghixu stil ta' hajja aktar sostenibbli kemm fid-djar taghhom kif ukoll fuq il-postijiet tax-xoghol taghhom.

L-ahhar sessjoni kienet marbuta mal-Jum Ewropew tas-CSR, li hu mfakkar ta' kull senaf'Gunju. Ir-Responsabbiltà Socjali Korporattiva (CSR), li ilha tbiddel b'mod kostanti l-mudelli tanegozju f'ohrajn aktar sostenibbli, qed thalli hafna impatti pozittivi fuq is-setturi socjali, ambjentali, kif ukoll fuq dawk ekonomici. Il-Miri ghall-Zvilupp Sostenibbli (SDGs), fokus ewlieni tal-kors ta' gurnata 'Flimkien ghas-Sostenibbiltà', huma tassew konformimas-CSR. Kien ghalhekk li l-Pjattaforma CORE nghatat l-opportunità li titkellem dwar dan is-suggett matul l-ahhar sessjoni. L-ghan tal-Jum Ewropew tas-CSR hu li jqajjem kuxjenza dwar is-CSR, l-importanza li s-CSR tkun inkorporata fl-istrategija u l-qafas tan-negozju, u l-beneficcji li taghti, kemm lill-kumpaniji, lill-impjegati taghhom, kif ukoll lill-komunità u lill-ambjent li topera fihom.

Helga Ellul, President tal-Pjattaforma tal-CORE, spjegat li s-CSR ghandhatibda dejjem minn gewwa. Minn hawn 'il quddiem, wiehed jista' mbaghad jibda jimpenja ruhu f'attivitajiet ta' CSR barra mill-kumpanija. Illum il-gurnata, il-konsumaturi u l-klijenti qed isiru aktar konxji dwar liema huma l-korporazzjonijiet responsabbli, fil-fatt, hafna huma dawk li jaghzlu s-servizzi ta' kumpanija li tidhol fis-CSR minflok wahda li ma taghmilx dan. Ghalhekk, is-CSR tghin ukoll biex ittejjeb ir-reputazzjoni tan-negozju. Ovvjament, is-CSR qatt m'ghandhassir biss biex tinkiseb dehra ahjar ghall-kumpanija peress li tattika bhal din ma tahdimx fit-tul. Finalment, hi enfasizzat li l-kuncett zbaljat li s-CSR huxi karità hi problema li ghadha tippersisiti, u dan hu punt li wiehed irid jahdem biex jinbidel.

Il-Kap Ezekuttiv ta’ HSBC Bank Malta, Andy Beane, qal: “Fl-HSBC, ahna kburin li qed inwettqu rwol ewlieni fl-izvilupp ta' ekonomiji sostenibbli, kemm internazzjonalment kif ukoll lokalment. Illum, l-approcc ta' sostenibbiltà taghna jiffoka fuq tliet oqsma ewlenin: finanzi sostenibbli; supply chains sostenibbli; u l-impjegabiltà u l-kapacità finanzjarja. F'kull wiehed minn dawn l-oqsma, bdejna nimxu 'l quddiem b’passi genwini. Stabbilejna serje ta' impenji biex nikkontribwixxu ghat-transizzjoni globali lejn ekonomija b'livell baxx ta' karbonju. Weghdna ukoll l-appogg fit-tul taghna biex nghinu lin-nies ikollhom access ghall-edukazzjoni u t-tahrig, sabiex jiksbu l-hiliet li ghandhom bzonn biex jirnexxu fid-dinja tax-xoghol tal-lum.  U permezz tapartnershipsli ghamilna mal-klijenti, l-NGOs u partijiet ohra ewlenininteressati, qeghdin ninkoraggixxu negozju responsabbli fis-supply chains globali. Il-fatt li aktar minn 500 persuna minn aktar minn 60 organizzazzjoni madwar Malta applikaw biex jitghallmu dwar is-sostenibbiltà hi l-qalba ta' din l-istrategija. Dan ghaliex ghandna bzonn nahdmu flimkien biex naccelleraw it-transizzjoni tal-pajjiz ghal futur b'livell baxx ta' karbonju u li jkun sostenibbli halli b’hekk inkunu nistghu nhossuna kburin li qed nghaddu futursabih lill- generazzjoni li jmiss.

Persuni li jixtiequ jsiru jafu aktar dwar dan is-suggett ghandhom jikkomunikaw ma' matteo.privitelli@core.org.mt. Ghal taghrif dwar il-kors ta' gurnata 'Flimkien ghas-Sostenibbiltà', persuna tista’ zzur il-pagna tal-Facebook tal-Malta CSR Institute - https://www.facebook.com/Malta-CSR-Institute-317729455718552/

38a – Il-Kap Ezekuttiv tal-HSBC Malta Andy Beane jindirizza l-partecipanti

 

38b -Helga Ellul, President tal-Pjattaforma CORE

 

38c - Helga Ellul, President tal-Pjattaforma CORE, tindirizza lill-partecipanti

38d - Il-Kap Ezekuttiv tal-HSBC Malta Andy Beane

 

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