The project “Improving Human Rights Corporate Accountability in the BiH Business Sector” funded by the European Union and implemented by the Institute for Youth Development KULT in partnership with the FBiH Employers’ Association promotes and motivates companies and associations to sign the Charter on Business and Human Rights.

Project: Adam is a start-up whose innovative approach is gradually taking over the market. Project: Adam is built around a socially responsible idea of protecting the environment through the use of E-business cards.   Today they joined the ranks of many companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina that signed the Charter on Business and Human Rights.

In addition to upholding the values from the Charter, Project: Adam will be taking advantage of the opportunities provided on the volontiraj.ba platform for the systemic development of corporate volunteering in BiH.  They want to lead by example in showing the benefits of corporate volunteering when it comes to employee satisfaction. The Director of Project: Adam, Ismar Lačević, shared his motivation behind joining this initiative:

“This initiative builds trust in companies that invest their resources in doing good and acknowledge the importance of human rights and the rights of their employees. This is the first initiative of its kind in BiH, this is the first time I’ve seen the focus on employees and the communities that companies operate in. I believe this initiative is an opportunity for companies to uplift their employees and uphold their values.”

The Charter on Business and Human Rights and the web platform volontiraj.ba were created through the project “Improving Human Rights Corporate Accountability in the BiH Business Sector” implemented by the Institute for Youth Development KULT in cooperation with the FBiH Employers’ Association and with the financial support of the European Union.

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Last week, the project Improving Human Rights Corporate Accountability in the BiH Business Sector, funded by the European Union and implemented by the Institute for Youth Development KULT in cooperation with the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees held a work meeting to discuss the development of “Guidelines for Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”. The guidelines demonstrate Bosnia and Herzegovina’s commitment to protecting human rights in the business sector by promoting stronger involvement of institutions competent for human rights in business.

Deputy Minister of Human Rights, Ms. Saliha Đuderija, said that this is the first document of its kind in BiH, noting that human rights must be regulated and emphasizing that “The key part of the document are guidelines for protecting human rights, which will be included in the work plan of the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of BiH in 2021.”

This consultation meeting was attended by representatives of the Association of Employers of FBiH, Association of Employers of Brčko District and the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy of FBiH, represented by the Advisor on labor relations and workplace safety from the Ministry’s Labor Department.

The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Union of Employers' Associations of Republika Srpska expressed interest in taking part in the process of developing this document.

In order to improve the respect for human rights in the business sector, the Institute for Youth Development KULT, with the financial support of the European Union and in cooperation with the Employers' Association of FBiH, launched an initiative to improve corporate accountability for human rights in the BiH business sector.

The initiative's activities directly support and promote to the general public concrete programs for corporate volunteering. We support businesses and CSOs working on protecting human rights and promote an approach adapted to marginalized groups. We encourage and support businesses in the process of signing the Charter on Business and Human Rights.

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Companies in BiH are increasingly more aware of the importance of ensuring respect for human rights in their operations, which is why many of them are deciding to sign the Charter on Business and Human Rights developed by the Institute for Youth Development KULT in cooperation with the Association of Employers of FBiH with the support of the European Union.

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