Pontis Foundation assists with establishing cross-sectoral cooperation based on Slovak experience.
The role of cooperative relations among government, business and civil society have been increasingly recognized as very important for dealing with complex issues which no sector can effectively address alone. The scope of possible collaboration is very broad: economic development, environment, education, community capacity building and other social spheres. More and more private companies and other actors engage in these joint activities, especially in the topic of corporate social responsibility (CSR).
In such partnerships there are incentives for all the parties involved. NGOs can bring their expertise, knowledge, experience and implementation capacity, and receive additional resources, and further organizational development. In its turn, private sector can act as another source of funding, innovation, and share its own expertise. The benefits for businesses from such collaboration may consist in improved reputation, attraction of new business partners (socially responsible and more transparent companies are likely to be considered more trustworthy) and employees. Governments can influence conditions for productive cooperation and create incentives for involvement of the private sector into development issues. Needless to say, for the governments themselves such partnerships with NGOs and private companies have positive influence on public policy making processes and develop greater legitimacy in general.
Apparently cross-sectoral cooperation contains great win-win potential. Pontis Foundation entirely shares this idea. In the last years we have been able to develop solid expertise in corporate social responsibility and corporate philanthropy fields in Slovakia. We have been also sharing our experience abroad.
Since 2008 we have implemented several projects: Business Leaders Forums in Serbia and Macedonia and we have been contributing to the development of corporate volunteering in the Western Balkans.
Currently we are active in cross-sectoral cooperation activities in Belarus (since 2010), Georgia and other countries of Eastern Partnership (since 2015).
Third learning activity within the Hi4CSR project took place in Brussels, Belgium!
September 28, 2017
During the learning activity, project partners collaborated on writing the CSR
Find out more about six CSR and sustainability topics!
August 30, 2017
Corporate responsibility from the perspective of Hi4SR project partners.
Download educative materials on five CSR topics!
March 29, 2017
Erasmus+ strategic partnerships ensure online access of the Hi4CSR project’s educational materials.
Best practices captured in an interesting and inspiring publication
February 20, 2017
Cross-Sector Cooperation in the Visegrad and Eastern Partnership Regions.
Business Leaders for Society Welfare
February 17, 2017
Breaking the Barriers: Pro Bono Cooperation Between Business and Civil Society
Is Sustainable Economy Possible?
January 21, 2017
Unique case studies illustrating various approaches in pioneering CSR in the Central European region.
Social Business and Belarus
January 10, 2017
What is the State of Social Enterpreneurship in the Country?
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The transeuropean project between eight project partner countries will examine the success of the EU
November 25, 2016
The project Hi4CSR officially began in October 2016 and will last until April of 2018.
CSR Reporting: A requirement turned into advantage
November 18, 2016
A discussion on CSR reporting attracted business representatives, NGOs and expert public in Warszawa.
Reinvented Marketing and New Possibilities of CSR
November 16, 2016
A public lecture and a master class for the Georgian companies by Thomas Kolster in Tbilisi.