There is growing recognition in Estonia of the fundamental link between sustainable and responsible business practice and business success. AmCham has been at the forefront of recognizing this link and encouraging members to maximize their responsible and sustainable credentials.

The annual announcement of the Melissa F Wells Award places CSR at the center of the AmCham stage. This year saw a record number of applications detailing a fascinating range of CSR activities being undertaken by AmCham members, all designed to boost CSR awareness in Estonia, to benefit Estonian society and to showcase those CSR credentials. For the second year running, Microsoft Estonia won the award, this year in recognition of the company’s role in a PC refurbishment program.

AmCham members are incredibly generous with their time and their resources – this, too is part of good business practice and can clearly demonstrate the true nature of a company or organisation. Board Member and local business-owner Niels Hollander has organised two outdoor training days to encourage the young people of the local SOS Children’s Village how to fish. At the first, US Ambassador to Estonia, Jeff Levine joined in lending support and encouragement.

Twice a year we seek financial support for local organisations relying on voluntary donations. Firstly at the Thanksgiving Dinner which takes place in November to recognise the US tradition; and secondly at the Spring Gala. This year, the funds were used to continue to support youth development work by encouraging young people in Estonia to find their place in society. Specifically, we supported the on-going work of the My Dream Day Foundation (Minu Unistuste Päev) making dreams come true for seriously or chronically ill children and teenagers undergoing treatment in Estonian hospitals. AmCham Estonia is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the foundation for 2014. Funds have also been used to support two of the many sustainable projects being managed by The Good Deed Foundation (Heategu) – a pilot project to combat bullying in schools, Kiusamisvaba Kool based on the valuable experience of running a similar project in Finland; and SPIN Estonia, another pilot project that kicked off in September 2014 using the power and inspiration of football in creating safer communities for young people most at risk.
Workshops, projects, best practice examples, professional leadership, helping finance some fantastic local organisations – just some of the CSR awareness-raising activities undertaken by AmCham and members in 2014. What they all have in common is strengthening the link between business responsibility and business success. Join us and help develop this link for your business.