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Today, another 10 companies publicly supported effort to protect human rights in business. Some of the largest companies in BiH were presented with their own Charter on Business and Human Rights, in a ceremony held in Konzum’s Administration Building. AS Holding, Inside by Ećo, Planet, Wagner automative, Centrotrans-Eurolines, Wood team, Konzum, drogerie markt DM, Airport Mostar and GS-TMT Travnik.

The Charter on Business and Human Rights was developed by the Institute for Youth Development KULT in cooperation with the Association of Employers of FBiH, with the support of the European Union.

“At our company, Inside by Ećo, we abide by all international and domestic regulations and standards, so we were more than happy to adopt the Charter, and endorse positive business principles in writing”, said Suad Ećo, General Director of Inside by Ećo. He added that the importance of this issue is highlighted by the current situation which calls for companies to prioritize the health of their employees and clients, putting the company’s profile second.

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The Charter consists of 15 articles concerning the prevention of human rights violations, involving stakeholders to ensure their voices and needs are heard, expressing commitment to equality, positive work environment, no forced labor or involvement in human trafficking, the right to a communication system that offers all employees confidentiality when reporting.

“The initiative to develop and adopt the Charter on Business and Human Rights was inspired by UN’s Guiding Principles, and is the first step towards creating a state-level action plan for promoting and protecting human rights in the business sector. Before writing the Charter, we conducted a survey into the business sector’s awareness of the importance of human rights. Results show that companies, especially small ones, were unaware that their operations could cause human rights violations”, said Ms. Šeherzada Halimić, Project Manager at the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

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Director of the Association of Employers of FBiH, Mr. Mladen Pandurević, said that adopting the Charter is an example of positive practice that is certain to continue. In addition to the 10 companies in attendance today, nearly 30 other members of the Association adopted the Charter.

The Charter is available for download: www.mladi.org/myURL/povelja, and companies interested in adopting it can fill out the questionnaire here .

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During a meeting held on June 12, 2020, representatives of the Association of Employers of FBiH presented the Charter on Business and Human Rights to representatives of trade unions and retail business owners, created through the initiative Improving Human Rights Corporate Accountability in the BiH Business Sector. The Initiative is implemented by the Institute for Youth Development KULT in cooperation with the Association of Employers of FBiH and the financial support of the European Union.

The Charter consists of 15 articles concerning the prevention of human rights violations, involving stakeholders to ensure their voices and needs are heard, expressing commitment to equality, positive work environment, rejecting forced labor or involvement in human trafficking, espousing employees’ right to a communication system that offers all employees confidentiality when reporting any breach of policy.

Participants recognized the effort made by KULT and the Association of Employers and dedication to respecting and protecting human rights. The Association of Employers of FBiH will continue promoting the Charter to ensure that businesses recognize its value and adopt it.

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KONZUM BiH adopted the Charter on Business and Human Rights developed by the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

Nenad Imširović, Director of the Society said that Konzum strongly supports these types of projects and is committed to protecting all human rights in the business sector. He also noted that he is proud that Konzum BiH is among the first big companies in BiH to adopt the Charter.

The Charter consists of 15 articles concerning the prevention of human rights violations, involving stakeholders to ensure their voices and needs are heard, expressing commitment to equality, positive work environment, no forced labor or involvement in human trafficking, the right to a communication system that offers all employees confidentiality when reporting.

“The way we run our business and our lifestyles show how committed we are to respecting and protecting human rights. We agree with all 15 articles of the Charter, and willingly and happily implement them in our business”, said the Executive Director of Kozum BiH, Ms. Nedeljka Bilić.

Jasmin Bešić, Executive Director of the Institute for Youth Development KULT, said that intersectoral cooperation is crucial and that the Institute is willing to work on other projects that involve the business sector as a major stakeholder.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT will continue presenting the Charter to businesses, and reinforcing the importance of protecting human rights in the BiH business sector as a necessary step towards EU accession.

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The Charter on Business and Human Rights was created in cooperation with the Association of Employers of FBiH and with the financial support of the European Union.


Corporate volunteering is a type of social engagement planned, organized and implemented by employees, and approved and encouraged by company management. Corporate volunteering is a type of social engagement where employees of a company spend one or more workdays volunteering to improve the community, and their employers treat those days as regular workdays with full pay for employees who took part. By encouraging corporate volunteering, companies show that they’re socially responsible and interested in learning about the community they operate in. 

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Unlikely as it sounds, there are businesses in BiH that support and implement corporate volunteering. One such company is dm drogerie markt, which encourages employees to spend one day every year volunteering for a cause of their own choosing. Less than a month ago, the Institute for Youth Development KULT launched efforts to support the promotion and development of this type of volunteering. We launched an online platform volontiraj.ba dedicated to matching organizations and businesses interested in corporate volunteering.

Ivana Radić is a dm employee in Jajce who organized a voluntary activity to clean the shores of Pliva lakes. She was joined by coworkers from Cazin, Bihać, Livno, Tomislavgrad and Bugojno. “There’s nothing better than helping someone, helping your community. Especially since Jajce is where I grew up. It’s just wonderful”, says Ivana, sharing her genuine joy at being able to organize this activity and inspiring her coworkers from other cities to help too.

Adnan Ratković, Head of Central Logistics at dm, is more than happy to talk about his experience with volunteering at the Pazarić Institute, painting rooms and spending time with their protégés. He says he corporate volunteering never fails to make him happy - a feeling he shares with his coworkers.

dm employees shared their opinions and experience with corporate volunteering in the video above. If you would like to implement a similar model of corporate volunteering in your company, you can register on the volontiraj.ba platform, where you’ll find projects that would welcome help from your employees!

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