Following the challenges of globalization, in which many countries become more and more socially responsible, BSC, in cooperation with ICCO and with the support of Triodos Facet (Dutch consulting firm), initiated the promotion of CSR concepts and principles in the Armenian business environment. BSC has carried out trainings in public, private and non-governmental sectors. More than 60 private entrepreneurs from different regions of Armenia took part in the trainings, which were aimed at presenting the principles of CSR, challenges and adoption procedures.
The concept of CSR is often misunderstood among Armenian entrepreneurs. In light of this, BSC carried out a pilot project, followed by Supply Chain Commercial Environmental and a Social Sustainability (SUCCESS) general project, aimed at strengthening the supply chain in agricultural procedures.
The project is based on the idea that supply chain players should behave in a responsible way throughout their operational chains and thus contribute to sustainable development of the sub sectors (three main sub sectors were targeted: honey, tomato and milk production). The aim of the SUCCESS project was to improve agricultural activities of Armenia by strengthening the supply chain.
Stakeholders were introduced to CSR tools, which had been developed in the pilot phase. They were also involved in the implementation of necessary changes, which led to strengthening the sector supply chain and creating trust in the relationships among supply chain actors. As follow- up to activities in the CSR field, BSC implemented the VALUES (Value Chain Leaders Unique Experience Support) project, which focuses on the implementation of CSR policy by three leading companies as a model for other Armenian companies.
BSC values the role and importance of CSR, as experience has proven that one of the main factors contributing to business effectiveness and sustainability is acting in a socially responsible way, which ensures constant development. That is why BSC encourages partners and clients to adopt CSR principles through its publication of the CSR Guide for Armenian companies and through training sessions and seminars.