News Tag: corporate social responsibility
The Do’s and Don’ts of Canadian Business Culture – a virtual round table

The CUTIS project and the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce (CUCC) held a virtual round table for small and medium-sized businesses.

SMEs learned how socially responsible business best practices can help SMEs to develop long-lasting relationships with Canadian business partners.

Maria Guzman, Trade Facilitation Office (TFO)’s International Trade Expert, explained:

  • How to build trust and sustainable business relations with Canadian buyers?
  • With cultural differences among buyers, what makes Canadian buyers unique compared to EU and US buyers?
  • Dos and Don’ts in communicating with Canadian buyers: Learning from experience

Download Maria’s presentation

Michael Hopkins, International CSR Expert, Director of MHC International Ltd, discussed CSR standards and best examples in FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) sectors in North America.

The participants may learn:

  • What are the three main factors that buyers look for in potential suppliers?
  • What are the business risks of ignoring CSR?
  • Does CSR help to differentiate a supplier’s product brand?

Download Michael’s presentation

Olga Shtepa, CUTIS project coordinator, described what are the main lessons learned for Ukrainian SMEs in dealing with Canadian buyers (based on CUTIS experience)?

Moreover, Ukrainian SMEs who have already successfully implemented CSR practices shared their stories of entering new markets and dealing with international buyers’ audits.

Emma Turos, Managing Director of the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce, described the benefits of CUCC business practices and services for members and supporters on the Canadian market.

How to Increase Business Competitiveness with Socially Responsible Practices

The CUTIS project and the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce hold a virtual round table for small and medium-sized businesses.

Michael Hopkins, Co-Founder and Fellow of Institute for Responsible Leadership (London), explained:

  • What is a socially responsible business (CSR)? How can SMEs implement CSR practices?
  • What is personal social responsibility?
  • Does treating your company’s key stakeholders responsibly make your business more competitive?
  • How to select your company’s key stakeholders and how to interact with them?

You can download Michael’s presentation via a link (in English).

Emma Turos, Executive Director of the Ukrainian office of the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce, provided practical tips (for Ukrainian SMEs) to adopt socially responsible business in operational and labour practices.

Moreover, Ukrainian businesswomen who have already successfully implemented CSR practices shared their success stories.

Yevheniya Lukash, the owner of Evgakids, children’s clothing company, shared her experience on how the positive interaction/collaboration with a competitor (i.e., external stakeholder) has strengthened her business.

Ruslana Ryamarska, the owner of the family-run bakery Budmo Zdorovi (Smakuli cookies) shared her company’s experience, including challenges, in implementing socially responsible employee practices (i.e., internal stakeholders).

Why social responsibility is significant for successful Ukrainian exporters – webinar

The CUTIS project, in partnership with the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce, held a webinar with David Simpson, Director of InterPraxis (Canada, Great Britain, Japan), a leading international expert in the field of corporate social responsibility.

David Simpson is an experienced consultant specializing in corporate responsibility, stakeholder engagement, sustainability and social impact measurement & evaluation. He has served as the independent social auditor for a number of organizations in the banking, insurance, consumer products, investment, and mining sectors.

David was also an expert member of the International Working Group that published the ISO 26000 Guidance Standard on Social Responsibility and ISO 37001 on anti-bribery.  He is an accredited social Impact auditor and advisor for the London Social Stock Exchange.

He has led seminars on sustainability at the United Nations University in Tokyo and lectured at the University of Toronto, McMaster University, York University as well as at Oxford’s Saïd Business School and the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

During the webinar participants learned:

  • What corporate social responsibility is, and how relevant it is for SMEs
  • How environmental, social and economic factors are increasingly changing the value drivers and strategic position of companies for tomorrow’s success
  • How to identify emerging risks and opportunities of CSR for your company; and
  • The basics about how to implement an effective CSR program in your organization which is ‘fit for purpose’

You can download David’s presentation via the link

Video: Smart exports # 5 – Voluntary certification and corporate social responsibility

On May 23, 2017 the fifth event in the Smart Exports series on “Voluntary certification and corporate social responsibility” was held. Check out the video of the presentations by Uliana Lytvyn (ISOQAR Ukraine) and Rostislav Kurynko.

Presentation of the speaker is available at:

Photos from the event are in the gallery below.

Smart Exports is a series of educational seminars for exporters initiated by the Export Promotion Office, Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce, Ukraine Investment & Trade Facilitation Center in partnership with Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment support project.

The series will return in autumn – follow us on Facebook for the latest announcements.