Corporate social responsibility is not philanthropy. Real CSR consists simply of treating clients, suppliers, staff, competitors and the rest of the world with the respect they deserve.
But we also try to take opportunities to help others around us when they arise. Some recent activities have focused on helping an extraordinary young man and an extraordinary good organisation. We have also helped our municipality to enhance the capacity of its civil society organisations, by providing training in planning and project design. We have supported a local children’s theatre in an environmental awareness raising campaign. We try to find ways to use our particular expertise to further good causes in our local environment.
A prehistoric New Year
Dušan's first book, The Encyclopedia of Prehistoric Animals, has recently been published and is entirely his own work. The text is the result of years of painstaking research, and the drawings are so amazing that it is hard to believe that someone so young can produce something so beautiful.
His greatest wish was for his book to be translated into English and published abroad.
You can see how happy Dušan is, how happy we are for him, and much more by clicking here, to see a short video made by the Serbian TV channel Prva.
Halifax and LICEULICE - for a better life for everyone
For the second time Halifax supports LICEULICE, Serbia's only street paper.
LICEULICE is not only a magazine. It is also a unique fund whose various activities have contributed in a number of measurable and tangible ways to the socio-economic inclusion of vulnerable groups, those who for many reasons have wound up at the margins of society. Over the past six years LICEULICE has successfully provided work and support for over 200 marginalized persons, but it is now threatened by closure. City and state funds are unavailable, and donor funds have dried up.
Halifax has always been a great supporter of this kind of activity. We feel that they are becoming ever more important in today's busy world. We must not forget the people around us, especially those trying to live at the margins of our society. Their lives can be very difficult.
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Children’s Theatre Čarapa – Children learn by seeing what we do, not by hearing what we say. As adults we have to show why it is important to look after our environment, our trees, our waters… We were pleased to be part of this wonderful initiative of the Children’s Theatre Čarapa in environmental awareness raising among young children. Old newspapers for a free ticket for the theatre play! Old cans for a free ticket for the theatre play! It was great fun for all of us!
The municipality of Čukarica is the municipality where Halifax has its Belgrade office. In concert with the municipal administration, Halifax took the initiative to support local civil society organisations. The goal was to help them produce good project proposals and improve their ability to fund their activities.
Halifax has been operating in Čukarica for several years and it was only natural to start in our own community. With the support of the municipality we invited NGOs to take part in a series of workshops. An exploratory session was held to map out the organisations present and their needs. This was followed by a series of interactive workshops that specifically addressed their needs – strategic planning, project design, communication – taking into account their capacities and resources.
The organisations are remarkably diverse, showing a rich cultural life covering themes like ecology, sport health, children and art. Most are small organisations, with few sources of financing and no employees, but with good ideas and plenty of drive and enthusiasm.
Positive feedback from the participants encourages us to offer this model to other municipalities. It shows that local government, the private sector and civil society can work together for the benefit of the local community.