Mission: Human Resources, Education and CSR Committee provides a platform for HR professionals and consultants from multi-national and local companies to share, discuss and learn about the latest trends in HR sector as well as to collectively influence local policy and decision makers for effective solutions in labor legislation and education which will improve the Bulgarian labor market.
The mission of the CSR Subcommittee is to encourage and facilitate responsible business practices among AmCham members and to support them to improve the quality and effectiveness of their CSR programs and actions. The Subcommittee will work to increase awareness on CSR issues and support companies’ leadership and staff through spreading information, ensuring learning and access to novelties, and generally creating a platform for sharing best practices in achieving CSR goals.

Chairs: Mrs. Dobromira Manasieva, Experian Bulgaria

Mrs. Zlatina Kushkieva, AVON Cosmetics Bulgaria

CSR Subcommittee Chair:

Mrs. Elitsa Barakova,
BCAF
Priority Areas for 2016
HR, Education and CSR Committee Priorities for 2016

AmCham-BCAF Volunteer Day, May 14, 2016

 

Activities in 2016

March 29, 2016

CSR Subcommittee Meeting

Presentation: Survey: Attitude to payroll giving in TOP 100 companies in terms of total revenue
Speaker: Stoyan Mihaylov, Junction Bulgaria

Presentation: Annual Awards for Workplace Giving Donation
Speaker: Penka Tzvetkova, BCAF

Presentation: The More – The Better
Speaker: Elitsa Barakova, BCAF

January 21, 2016

AmCham Tax and Human Resources Joint Committee Meeting

Supply of Staff Arrangements in Companies Part of International Groups – Tax, Accounting and Legal Aspects

Speakers:
Evelina Evtimova, Corporate Tax
Valentina Lukova, Global Employer Services/Tax Services
Alexandrina Alexandrova, Accounting and Payroll
Zvezdelina Filova, Attorney-at-law
Deloitte Bulgaria EOOD and Deloitte Legal Law Firm

Activities in 2015 October 22, 2015

Topic: Employment of non-EU nationals in Bulgaria (presentation attached in folder HR Committee – Activities in 2015)

Speaker: Nikola Seymenov, Senior Consultant, Deloitte Bulgaria EOOD

September 16, 2015

Topic: Latest Amendments to the Labor Code (as of July 2015) (presentation attached in folder HR Committee – Activities in 2015)

Speaker: Tanya Stivasareva, Manager | Attorney-at-law, Ernst & Young Law Partnership

Activities in 2014 November 21, 2014

Topic: In preparation for 2015: Presentation of Compensation practices and policies 2014

Presentations:

Mercer Compensation survey results (presentation attached in folder HR Committee – Activities in 2014)

Speaker: Mr. Kamen Atanasov, Country Manager at Grain Bulgaria – a Mercer affiliate

OD&M Compensation Survey – CoRe 2014 (presentation attached in folder HR Committee – Activities in 2014). Bulgaria Labor Market – trends and forecasts

Speaker: Ms. Stela Dimitrova, Product Manager Information Services

AIMS Compensation survey

Speaker: Ms. Maria Shishkova, Managing Partner of AIMS Human Capital Bulgaria and Dale Carnegie Training Bulgaria

July 1, 2014

Topic:  Importance and Satisfaction of the Employees with the Working Environment Factors (presentation attached in folder HR Committee – Activities in 2014)

Speaker: Elena Andonova, Marketing Manager, Sofia Airport Center

April 28, 2014

Topic: “Reducing the administrative burden of Employers by using technology-based HR processes”

Speaker: Aneliya Stavreva, Managers Rewards and Administration, VIVACOM

January, 2014

On December 4th, 2013, AmCham submitted a letter-request for a meeting with the Minister of Labor and Social Policy Hasan Ademov in order to discuss proposals for improvement and modernization of the labor legislation in Bulgaria. Among the proposed discussion topics were: easing of restrictions on the use of fixed-term contracts, changes related to the regulations on overtime employment, adaptation of the regulations on temporary employment, as well as regulation of traineeships.

You may read the full text of the letter of invitation here (letter to Hasan Ademov) (in Bulgarian).

Furthermore, following instructions by Minister Ademov, the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy submitted an official statement on the proposed topics related to amendments of the Labor Code.

You may read the official statement of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy here (letter from Hasan Ademov) (in Bulgarian).

Activities in 2013 October 22, 2013

Topic: Sharing of Company Practices in Employee Engagement

Presentation: “How to Engage Employees During Transformation”
Speaker: Blagovesta Karemova, HR Manager, Danone Bulgaria

Presentation: “Engagement to the People…”
Speaker: Lyubomir Terziev, HR and Administrative Director, Electrostart AD

Presentation: “Career & Develop Process”
Speaker: Katerina Shopova, HR Director, British American Tobacco Bulgaria

Presentation: “Engagement on Focus in Harsh Times”
Speaker: Natalia Georgieva, HR Manager, Blizoo Media and Broadband EAD

Presentation: “Driving Employee Engagement – Globally and Locally”
Speaker: Gergana Gancheva, Project Leader “Best Employers Study”, AON Bulgaria

March 15, 2013

Topic: Recent case law in the area of labor and employment law, presented by the labor law team of Ernst & Young Law Partnership. The presentation covers important cases of the Supreme Court in the area of termination of employment, disciplinary dismissal, selection procedure, equal treatment and equal pay, overtime payment, non-compete clause and other related matters.
Speaker: Tanya Stivasareva, Manager, Ernst & Young Law Partnership

Activities in 2012 June 5, 2012

Topic: Internships Project for school and university students a recently launched program by Ministry of Education, Youth and Science
Speaker: Evelina Christova, PhD, Ministry of Education, Youth and ScienceJune 1, 2012

Topic: How to translate intangible into numbers – employees engagement in business perspective
Sponsored by: AON Bulgaria, AonHewitt
Speakers:
Mr. Hristo Borissov, CEO, Aon Bulgaria | Aon Risk Solutions
Ms. Gergana Gancheva, Project Lead, Aon Hewitt Best Employers Study BulgariaMarch 9, 2012

Presentation: “Productivity. Effectiveness. Efficiency. Together. Now”.
Speaker: Mrs. Lyubov Georgieva, Country Manager at PEP worldwide – BulgariaFebruary 22, 2012Presentation: America for Bulgaria Initiative in BG and EN
Speaker: Natalia Miteva, Program Officer, America for Bulgaria Foundation
Activities in 2011 December 15, 2011

Topic: Share HR Practices – Mentoring and Coaching ProgramsPresentation: Mentoring Program in Avon Cosmetics Bulgaria – sharing of best practices
Speaker: Eva Pentova, Avon Cosmetics Bulgaria, HR Business Partner Bulgaria, Albania, MacedoniaPresentation: Building Coaching Practice and Culture in Business Organizations in Bulgaria
Speakers: Aneta Mladenova, Consulteam and Veselka Tsocheva, ConsulteamDecember 1, 2011

Topic: Employment Relations: Legal Issues
1. Termination of labor contracts – court practice update;
2. How the employer should handle a workplace harassment;
3. Restriction of competitive activities / non-competition agreement;
4. Future amendments to Bulgarian Labour Code – temporary employment agencies; distance work, etc.
SPEAKERS:
Ilya Komarevski, Managing Associate, Attorney-at-law
Veselka Petrova, Senior Legal Counsel, Attorney-at-law
Tsvetkova Bebov & Partners, the correspondent law firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers in BulgariaNovember 15, 2011

Topic: Coaching: The Most Innovative Tool for Business in Bulgaria
Speakers:
Peter Goryalov, Co-Founder & President and
Irina Goryalova, Co-Founder & Communications DirectorMeeting materials:
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ICF Brochure Inserts
ICF Bulgaria Masterclass_Diane Brennan
ICF Bulgaria Masterclass_George RogersSeptember 20, 2011Topic: The Business Walks Into The Universities
– Universities in Bulgaria and worldwide. Business oriented education. Differences and similarities
– The business walks into the universities. Business seminars’ structure in the university. Topics toward the practical application of knowledge.
– Internships
– The future of the projects in the sphere in BulgariaSpeakers: Magdalena Nikolova, CEO and business trainer at MLC International, AmCham and Ani Dimitrova, ExperienceJune 16, 2011

Topic: Share HR Practices – Talent Management and Leadership Development
Talent Management Practices for Development and Retention of Professional and Management Employees – The IBM Approach
Presenter: Boyka Docheva, HR Business Partner, IBM
Leadership Development – Sharing of Citibank experience/practices
Presenter: Dessislava Lashkova, HR Manager CitibankIntegrated performance & talent management practices at Philip Morris Bulgaria
Presenter: Bilyana Ivanova, HR Business Partner, PMBJune 8, 2011

Topic: EU Funds for Human resources Development
Guest Speaker: Ms. Tanya Hristova, Head of Cabinet of the Minister of EU Funds ManagementFebruary 9, 2011
Topic: Remuneration Surveys – 2010 edition
Presentation of remuneration surveys available on Bulgarian market
covering all forms of cash compensation, long-term incentives and benefits, etc.Presentations:
Iva Todorova, ConsulTeam Human Capital Bulgaria Presentation
Albena Ivanova, Concepta BP, representative of Hay Group Presentation
Boncho Bonchev, PricewaterhouseCoopers Bulgaria Presentation
Georgi Jurov, AIMS Human Capital Presentation
Activities in 2010  June 29th, 2010

Policy of the Ministry of Labor in the sphere of social works; European Programs – Current and upcoming programs under Operational Programs “Human Resources”
AmCham HR Committee invited Valentina Simeonova, deputy minister of labour and social policy, and Martin Petkov, expert with Consulto Bulgaria to give more information to member companies regarding policy of the ministry, European programs, and current and upcoming programs under operational program Human Resources.
PresentationFebruary 3rd, 2010AmCham HR Committee Working Meeting with Official Guest Speakers: Mr. Krassimir Ppopov Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Mrs. ZornitzaA Russinova Director of DG “European funds” of Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, Mrs. Liliana Stankova Head of Unit at Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and Mrs. Rositsa Stelianova Executive Director, Employment Agency on the following topics of discussion:
1. Blue Card Council Directive 2009/50/EC;
2. Operational Program Human Resources development– Program for part-time employment;
3. Development of a list of large clients in the Employment Agency like the ‘Large Taxpayers and Insurers’ of the National Revenue Agency.
Activities in 2009 November 25, 2009

November 25th, HR Committee Meeting with the Deputy Minister of Labor, Krassimir Popov and Mrs Rossitsa Stelianova, Executive Director, Employment Agency.
Topics of discussion:
• Operational Program Human Resources Development and Grand scheme 2010
• Working Permits and Labor visas for Non-EU nationals
Developments of the labor market and unemployment

Activities in 2008  Main Achievements:
• The AmCham Human Resources Committee has been established on July 9th , 2008.
• Since July 2008, five working meetings were conducted.
• A meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs was held on October 10th and ways for cooperation between the Ministry and the Chamber were discussed.
• As a result of the meeting with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, AmCham was represented at the first Bulgaria Job Fair in Madrid.
• AmCham research on corporate internships conducted and released.
• The October issue of AmCham Magazine was dedicated on HR topic presenting the results of the AmCham Internship Programs Survey. The HR professionals and the interns shared their experience and views on the topic.
The Human Resources Committee in cooperation with the Public Affairs Committee sent position papers on the following issues raised during the meetings:
• Working Permits
• Personnel Lease issues
• Food Vouchers issues

CSR Subcommittee Archive

Volunteer Days 2012

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 1. on October 13 (Saturday) – the Traditional Volunteer Day
We encourage our members to contribute time and skills to the community participating in different projects


American College of Sofia
Anglo-American School of Sofia
Balkan Star Automotive EOOD
Citibank N.A. – Sofia Branch
ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 AD
Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov, & Velichkov
Hewlett-Packard Bulgaria Ltd.
IBS Bulgaria Ltd.
Interallis Chemicals SA
Kempinski Hotel Zografski Sofia
Quadrant Beverages JSC
Mars Incorporated Bulgaria
Park Inn Hotel
Sensata Technologies
VAPTECH Ltd.
VIVACOM

2. the week October 15 – October 29 – the new initiative “Professionals at Schools”
This time, we have chosen education as our main topic and we would like to encourage our members to share their knowledge and experience with children and young people in Bulgarian schools.

Abbott Products EOOD
AIMS Human Capital
American University in Bulgaria (AUBG)
Amgen Bulgaria EOOD
Atos IT Solutions and Services EOOD
Citibank N.A. – Sofia Branch
Eurobank EFG Bulgaria (under the brandname of Postbank)
IBM Bulgaria
Johnson Controls Electronics Bulgaria
MBL | Part of the CB Richard Ellis Network
Radisson Blu Grand Hotel
Stanton Chase International Bulgaria
Sopharma AD
Titan Zlatna Panega Cement
VUZF University Higher School of Insurance and Finance

Media partners:

  

      

 May 19, 2012 – AmCham Magazine Coverage

Volunteer Days 2011

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AmCham Magazine dedicated on Members’ Volunteer Projects, issue May 2011

October 15, 2011 – Event Media Coverage

May 28, 2011 – Event Media Coverage
AmCham Magazine Coverage

 

Volunteer Days 2010

May 15, 2010  Event Media Coverage
October 23, 2010  Event Media Coverage

Volunteer Days 2009

May 16, 2009  Event Media Coverage
October 24, 2009  Event Media Coverage

 

AMCHAM GREEN CALENDAR 2009

AmCham Corporate Social Responsibility Committee is glad to invite
you to be part of the new initiative AmCham GREEN PROJECT 2009.

The aim of the AmCham GREEN PROJECT 2009:
• to support AmCham members in their environmental activities;
• to spread targeted information;
• to share achievements;
• to enlarge individual projects and/or start new ones.

GREEN PROJECT TOPICS & MEETINGS 2009:

January/February Topic 1
Feb. 4th. 2009 :   Energy & Climate Change
Top 3 actions to reduce your carbon footprint at work:
Don’t go!
– Telecommuting that is, working from home through an Internet connection to the office, can drastically reduce the average workers carbon footprint. The average European car, releases 169 grams/km CO2. Traveling a convenient 30 km round trip over the work year produces more than 1.4 tons of CO2 emissions – equal to the weight of your car.
Don’t keep running! – Did you know that in Bulgaria over the course of a work year, the average computer being put in sleep mode, as opposed to being left running produces 97 kg less CO2 emissions? To save 25% more, don’t just sleep – hibernate!
Be warm and stay cool! Buildings account for 40% of the energy used in the European Union and the vast amount of this is related to heating and air conditioning. Keep the summer temperature in your offi ce ≥ 25°C and ≤ 22°C in winter. To reduce more expenses and CO2 emissions, limit use of the heating and cooling system during non-working hours.
1) A Carbon Footprint refers to the quantity of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, measure in units of CO2, produced by human activities during the life-cycle of a specifi c service or product.

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March/April Topic 2:  Resource Management

Top 3 actions actions to reduce your environmental impact at work:
Hear all about it…
by reading newspapers online. Environmentally responsible publishers in Bulgaria have begun promoting free online access to their publications. Save some cash and fi nd your favorite articles – online today!
Bottle this bottle that… reduce the amount of waste arising from bottling beverages by buying larger quantities rather than individual servings. Better yet, drink from the tap!
Waste or resource? Urban mining is the hottest new green term! It refers to using old electronics as a source for precious and other useful metals, rather than traditional mining. Separate the items you no longer use and recycle them.

To get started on topic, please check on the links below for more information on resource management:
Solutions for the world’s water woes
Taking care of the trash

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DEVIN PET lightweight bottle project
Utilities Magazine article

May/June Topic 3:                     Green Procurement

In a democracy, one must use the power of the ballot to elect the candidate with the best attributes. So too is the case in capitalism! Every Leva, Euro, or Dollar you spend is a vote for the approval of the products and services you buy.
Recognizing the scale of contemporary environmental challenges and the complexity of purchasing decisions, civil society, government, and business have come together to make purchasing decisions easier. The following labels are among the most popular “eco-labels” in Europe. Certifi cation criteria promote businesses to operate with a lower impact on the environment, thus facilitating the
transition to a more sustainable society.

July/August Topic 4:                 Nature Conservation
Biodiversity is diminishing at an alarming rate. The premier organization monitoring threatened species, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, recently announced 25%-36% of mammals are currently at risk of extinction due to habitat loss. The study also revealed that the efforts to recuperate some of these species have been successful.
No one can save everything – we have one planet and one chance to get it right, which means we must all cooperate. What can your business do? Among the options why not give just 1% to the planet?
Check out: www.onepercentfortheplanet.org

WHY GO GREEN? AMCHAM HIKING TOUR

As part of the AmCham Green Project and its July-August topic “Nature Conservation”, the CSR Committee organized on July 25th a one-day journey to one of Bulgaria’s most magnificent and inspiring mountain areas – The Seven Lakes region of the Rila Mountains, part of one of the largest National Parks in Europe.

 September/October Topic 5:    Green Communications

 Want bragging rights? Civil society has increasingly high demands for business to report their operational performance. Leading companies around the world, together with NGOs have started a number of programs to publicize companies
committing to report their environmental performance.
With increased publicity comes increased responsibility. Irresponsibly communicating the environmental performance of your products and services is called “greenwashing”. To learn more about the “best practice” in communicating sustainable operations take a look at: www.globalreporting.org

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November/December Topic 6:  Going Green At Home
Top 3 actions to reduce your environmental footprint at home:
Dress your home, not just your honey! Insuring your loved ones wear a sweater in the winter rather than turning up the thermostat is a great fi rst step. However, dressing your home with proper insulation is the most economically effective way to reduce energy bills and increase the comfort of your home.
Penny wise and pound foolish. Do you regularly use convectional or radiation heat at home? While these electric sources are inexpensive to purchase, their operating and environmental costs far outweigh those of air conditioner heat
pumps, which use up to fi ve times less energy!
A,B,Cs of DIY (do it yourself) – When purchasing appliances for your home be sure to look for the European Union Energy Certifi cate. Manufactures are obliged to include a label specifying the effi ciency of their products as a part of the packaging materials.

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READ MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT ACTIVITIES

GREEN News & Linkks

On July 16, 2008 the European Commission presented its Sustainable Consumption and Production Package (SCP), which is a series of proposals with the objective of improving the environmental performance of products and increasing the demand for more sustainable goods and production technologies. AmCham welcomes the SCP package and believes that its impact on business may be positive and negative at the same time. Below are AmCham EU position papers on several policies from the policy package: Proposal for the extension of the Eco-design Directive; Proposal for the revision of Eco-label Regulation; Proposal for the revision of the Eco Management and Audit Scheme Regulation; Proposal for a Regulation for an Environmental Technology Verification Scheme; and Proposal for a Retailer Forum establishment.
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 AmCham Thanksgiving Community Dinner

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Every year AmCham Bulgaria joins the American spirit of charity and generosity organizing its Thanksgiving Community Dinner in November. Following the tradition the event is dedicated to charity fundraising.