Current Projects

a) Good Practices and Strategies for Changes Management (GoForChange)
Leading Partner: Bulgarian Industrial Association – Union of the Bulgarian Business (BIA)
Project Partners: Association of Employers of Slovenia (ZDS), Business Confederation of Macedonia (BusinessMacedonia - BCM), Croatian Employers’ Association (CEA/HUP). Training Centre of Saxon Industry – BSW, Bildungswerk der Wirtschaft gGmbH - Educational Institute of Industry and Commerce in the federal state Mecklenburg West-Pomerania (DE), Confederation of the Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB), Trade union Confederation 90 of Slovenia, , Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Macedonia (KSS) and Union of Autonomous Trade Unions of Croatia (UATUC).
Implementation Period: August 2012 – July 2013
Project Objectives:
- To increase the employers’ awareness and knowledge regarding good practices of change management;
- To familiarize with different change management strategies, techniques and models of information, motivation and commitment of employees;
- To introduce a set of instruments to commit employees to the change management process.
Project Activities:
1. Survey of companies from Southeast Europe regarding their awareness of instruments, measures and strategies to surmount changes.
2. Seminars and final conference – how to manage change and the role of social dialogue.
Among the main topics to discuss during these events are:
– Strategic planning of the labour force
– Management of performance
– Commitment of employees
– Socially responsible restructuring of companies.
3. Create a website with library of all accessible materials on change management.
4. Publish and disseminate a brochure – depicting the experience shared within the project about the development of preventive change management measures and strategies and the social dialogue role for its success.

b) Corporate Social Responsibility for All (CSR for ALL)
Leading partner: Turkish Confederation of Employer Associations (TİSK)
Project Partners: International Organization of Employers (IOE), -Croatian Employers Association (CEA/HUP), Business Confederation Macedonia (BCM), Montenegrin Employers Federation (MEF), National Council of Small and Medium Sized Private Enterprises in Romania (CNIPMMR).
Implementation Period: December 2012 – December 2014
Overall Objective: to contribute for a more dynamic civil society organizations who are actively participating in public debate on democracy, human rights, social inclusion and the rule of law and with capacity to influence policy and decision-making processes.
Specific Objectives:
- To build awareness and capacity in partnership/network of employer organizations (EOs) in South East Europe regarding CSR in order to improve their participation in multi-stakeholder dialogue (as well as their influence on public sector reform process) at national and international levels; and
- To create awareness and build capacity in the network of employer organizations (EOs) in the region to guide enterprises for their positive impacts on society and to integrate social, environmental, ethical, human rights and consumer concerns into their business operations and core strategy.
Project Activities:
1. Review on Current Situation in Partner Countries
- Defining review framework
- Conducting national review study in 5 partner countries and reporting
- Organizing round table discussion
2. Designing and Implementation of Awareness Raising and Capacity Building Support Package
- Designing capacity building support package based on the outcomes of national reviews and round table discussion
- Establishing National TASKFORCEs (National-TF) in partner EO’s
- Training of National-TFs from 5 partner countries
- Defining selection criteria at local level and select CSR best practices in 5 partner countries by National-TFs
- Developing “EOs Handbook to Guide Enterprises in CSR”
3. Enhancing Capacity, Awareness Raising and Dissemination
- Training of formators from sub-organizations in 5 partner EO’s
- Organizing of awareness raising seminars for enterprises in 5 partner countries
- Organizing national conferences
4. Visibility and Dissemination Activities
- Identifying a Communication and Dissemination Strategy
- Developing Visibility Materials
- Developing the Project Website
- Participating in Opening Conference (Croatia)
- Organizing Project Kick-off Meetings
- Participation in Closing Conference
- Project Dissemination and Information Sharing Meetings

c) Supporting youth employment in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE YOUTH)
Leading partner: Confederation of Hungarian Employers and Industrialists MGYOSZ BUSINESSHUNGARY
Project Partners: Federation of Austrian Industries IV, Association of Employers of Slovenia (ZDS), Croatian Employers Association (CEA/HUP), Montenegrin Employers Federation (MEF), Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA), Slovakian National Union of Employers (RUZ), Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB), Trade Union Confederation 90 of Slovenia, Independent Trade Unions of Croatia (NHS), Confederation of Trade Unions of Montenegro (CTUM), Bulgarian Confederation of Labour (PODKREPA), Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB).
Organisations providing support during the project: BUSINESSEUROPE, ETUC, ILO SRO Budapest, Corvinus University of Budapest.

Implementation Period: November 2012 -. October 2013
Project Objectives:
- To raise awareness, knowledge and understanding among employers, employees and their representatives on the advantages of employing young people;
- To assist the social partners of CEE (Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Montenegro) with the implementation of their specific objective of “promoting more and better apprenticeships and traineeship contracts” as part of the Framework Agreement through establishing a partnership for increasingly inclusive labour markets composed of social partner organisations, national employment services and other related public authorities;
- To provide employees, employers and their representatives at all levels with Best Practices to locate obstacles to the gainful employment of youth and to create solutions to overcome them;
- To encourage employers to help inspire young people and to offer more work experience, internships and apprenticeship opportunities to young people.
Project activities:
1. Awareness-raising through national seminars for social partners, employers, employee representatives and other stakeholders
2. Project’s final event, which will be the main awareness-raising event
3. Producing and distributing of information dissemination tools.
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