Foreign ambassadors in Bucharest attend the ‘Sustainability Embassy’ 2018 programme
Kaufland Romania and the CSR Agency have launched the 2018 programme of the Sustainability Embassy in Romania on Tuesday. The event has got together representatives of the foreign embassies, of the Romanian Government and the business private environment, who shared their vision for a sustainable Romania.
Among the guests there were H.E. Cord Meier-Klodt, Germany’s ambassador to Romania, H.E Anneli Lindahl Kenn, Sweden’s ambassador to Romania, H.E. Stella Ronner-Grubacic, The Netherlands’ ambassador to Romania, Laszlo Borbely, state councilor and coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development within the Government, Marco Hößl , Kaufland Romani General Manager, Dragoș Tuță and Doru Mitrana (The CSR Agency).
Shaped around the idea of community of those who are also living for the future generations, the Sustainability Embassy’s mission is to spread the sustainability culture in Romania and to develop a community that wants to act responsibly for the country, thus addressing the business environment, professional associations, government bodies, civil society, academic and diplomatic environment.
To this end, the Embassy will hold thematic events, courses and training for the companies that want to adopt a responsible management style.
Marco Hößl, General Manager Kaufland Romania, said that sustainability must be a priority for the present in order that generations to come to be able to enjoy a good future.
At the same time, the German, Dutch and Swedish embassies voiced their support for the Sustainability Embassy’s projects.
“We are happy to support the “Sustainability Embassy in Romania” as a meeting point to discuss issues concerning sustainability and corporate social responsibility. We believe that this agora can make an important contribution towards promoting sustainable thinking in Romania.
Sustainable decision-taking should be an inherent part of our societies’ DNA, in order to preserve our natural treasures, our cultures as well as our wellbeing as a community. In this respect, promoting the concepts of sustainability within institutions, companies and civil society is of great importance, especially as we human beings sometimes tend to choose the easy way out. Often, however, this may not be the best or sustainable option, “ said German ambassadorCord Meier-Llodt.
“A physical location in Bucharest where companies, NGO’s, universities, think tanks, politicians, students, researchers, government representatives and citizens can gather, debate, exchange best practices, learn and work together to increase awareness and uptake of these themes in our society is important and very valuable.
We see our Embassy’s support to this initiative as an extension of our efforts started in 2014 to bring the topic of Corporate Social Responsibility to a higher level in Romania and our support to the establishing in Romania of the UN Global Compact. We were very proud to have helped realize the set-up of the UN Global Compact Romania in 2015 together with The CSR Agency,“ said in his turn Huub Drabbe, the head of the economic section of the Dutch Embassy in Bucharest.
“The Swedish Government is a strong supporter of Agenda 2030. To succeed in fulfilling all the 17 goals of sustainable development we need to work together – governments, civil society and the private sector. We need to work together within countries and across borders! The Swedish Embassy wishes the Sustainability Embassy all success in raising awareness and increasing knowledge about this important issue in Romania – all good forces need to be mobilized for sustainable development!” added the Swedish ambassador, Anneli Lindahl Kenny.