Presentation of the Initiative Sustainable Greece 2020 at the European Level

Presentation of the Initiative Sustainable Greece 2020 at the European Level


QualityNet Foundation as the non-for-profit organization responsible for the implementation of the Initiative Sustainable Greece 2020 has launched the official presentation of the Initiative at the European level with an active participation in several international conferences. Thus, QualityNet participated in the annual conference of the European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN) in Luxembourg on 8-9 October 2015 as well as in the International conference of UN Global Compact in Berlin on 13-14 October 2015 which has celebrated its 15 years of operation.

QualityNet Foundation as the non-for-profit organization responsible for the implementation of the Initiative Sustainable Greece 2020 has launched the official presentation of the Initiative at the European level with an active participation in several international conferences.

Thus, QualityNet participated in the annual conference of the European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN) in Luxembourg on 8-9 October as well as in the International conference of UN Global Compact in Berlin on 13-14 October which has celebrated its 15 years of operation.
In more detail, QualityNet Foundation participated in the proceedings of the UN Global Compact in Berlin via an official booth in cooperation with its strategic partner the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), advisory body of the German government on issues of sustainable development.
QualityNet’s overall target was to present the Sustainable Greece 2020 Initiative as an example of multi-stakeholder dialogue and stakeholder engagement for the promotion of a sustainable development model at the national level.

The close cooperation between the two organizations has also been underlined by Prof. Dr. Lucia Reisch, Member of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) and moderator of the opening panel of the conference. Prof. Reisch mentioned that through the development of the Sustainability Code which is the centre of the strategic cooperation between QNF & RNE, a greater platform for the promotion of sustainable development will be developed at the European level. Prof. Reisch underlined characteristically that QualityNet Foundation is the organization responsible for the adaptation of the Sustainability Code at the national level with the creation of the Greek Sustainability Code.
In parallel, Mrs. Yvonne Zwick, project manager of RNE during her presentation at a special break out session of the conference regarding reporting requirements at the EU Level, had the opportunity to refer in more detail to the benefits and the special characteristics of the Sustainability Code as a practical tool for transparency and self-commitment of organizations underlining also the strategic cooperation of RNE with QualityNet Foundation.

Mrs. Yvonne Zwick mentioned that “The Initiative Sustainable Greece 2020 constitutes an example in terms of how a private non-governmental Initiative of a small country with immense financial and social issues, has managed by engaging important actors and organizations as well as by developing particular tools such as the Sustainability Code to contribute to the creation of a new model of development and social cohesion.”

The Sustainable Greece 2020 initiative, launched by QualityNet Foundation in partnership with the leading Business Associations of Greece, aims to raise awareness among the Greek business community and society at large, on issues of Sustainable Development, Responsible Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility.

The initiative’s strategic goal is the development of a systematic Dialogue and the creation of methodologies and tools that would support national efforts towards Sustainable Development, on the micro and macroeconomic level.

The Sustainable Greece 2020 initiative is developed with:
•The cooperation of 33 Business Associations, 120 Companies,17 Local Authorities and 43 Organizations of the Civil Society.
•It is endorsed by International Organizations such as the European Commission, the German Sustainability Council, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the EIRIS
•The participation of representatives from the academia, the Business Associations, Companies, the Local and National Authorities and the Civil Society.
•Τhe auspices of the Greek Ministry of Development & Competitiveness as well as the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change.
•The funding from organizations/members that partcipate in the Initiative as SUSTAINABILITY AMBASSADORS.