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Number of family-friendly companies increases in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis week, 24 companies in Latvia were presented with Family Friendly entrepreneur status. Companies received a special certificate and sticker that prove those companies carry out a family-friendly policy.

This also allows entrepreneurs to gain rights to use Family-friendly entrepreneur status logo for a year on their websites, mass media and job offers, as reported by Welfare Ministry.

«Growing interest for the Family-friendly status among entrepreneurs proves that there is great support for this initiative in the business environment. It demonstrates the company’s experience and values to enhance loyalty of employees, raise the interest of potential workers for the company and enhance the company’s reputation in society,» – said Welfare Ministry’s parliamentary secretary Karina Korna.

For the sixth consecutive year status recipients are evaluated with Sustainability Index. This year, the index’s criteria include principles of Welfare Ministry’s ‘Flexible child care service provision to employees who work non-standard hours’ project.

In 2016, family-friendly company status was award to the following companies: Cemex, Grifs AG, Latvenergo, Latvijas Televīzija, Nordea Bank AB Latvian office, Rimi Latvia, SEB banka, Riga International Airport, Swedbank, Ventspils Reiss, Latvijas Mobilais telefons, Ventspils naftas termināls, 4Finance, Coca- Cola HBC Latvia, Sadales tīkls, Riga Technical University, Latvijas Dzelzceļš, Liepājas RAS, Balta, DHL Latvia, Latvijas kuģniecība, Maxima Latvija, Siguldas Būvmeistars and Rīgas Siltums.

On Thursday, June 9, Latvian Shipping Company ranked in the gold category in the 2016 Sustainability Index and gained the status of “Family friendly company”.

LSC participated in the Sustainability Index for the second year. Last year the experts in corporate responsibility and sustainability evaluated the company’s performance and awarded it with the silver category. This year the result has improved – the company has received the gold category evaluation.

The Chairman of the LSC Management Board Robert Kirkup says: «Focused work has been invested during the last year to ensure that the company operates in line with the highest corporate responsibility, environment protection and safety standards. This year’s high evaluation of the Sustainability Index experts and the status “Family friendly company”, delights and motivates the whole LSC team for new challenges in the future.»

By qualifying for the gold category of the Sustainability Index, LSC confirms that it is among the companies that demonstrate openness and transparency, aspires to expand and adapts its risk management processes by including in the most relevant aspects of corporate responsibility.

On Thursday, June 9, Ventspils nafta terminals ranked in the platinum category in the 2016 Sustainability Index for the second year in a row and for the first time within the Sustainability Index gained the status of “Family friendly company”. At the event “Responsible idea market” the presentation of Ventspils nafta terminals” about the initiative “Contractor safety improvement program” received the special award “Responsible business initiative of the year”.

VNT participates in the Sustainability Index for the fourth year, the achieved results is a direct testimony to the company’s high performance in corporate responsibility and sustainability, as well as to the company’s successfully implemented policy of coordinating employees’ work and family life.

VNT Managing Director Lars Pantzlaff emphasizes: «I am satisfied with the evaluation and would like to thank VNT’s employees for the professional teamwork, helping to achieve positive results. Despite the fact that often we face challenges on a local level, we are proving that corporate responsibility is a part of our daily work. To hold positions as an influential and dynamic market segment representative, we need to put thought into a modern company management approach. The participation in the Sustainability Index, the event “Responsible idea market” and the received status of “Family friendly company” describes the company’s culture, which manifests in relations with employees and cooperation partners.»

Ventspils nafta’s subsidiary LatRosTrans ranked in the silver category in the 2016 Sustainability Index.

LRT participates in the Sustainability Index for the third year and has been awarded silver category evaluation by corporate responsibility and sustainability experts for the second year. The award is a testimony to the company’s focused work, following corporate responsibility strategy, promoting the effective involvement of influential parties and introducing processes for risk identification and management.

«The specific nature of LRT’s operations requires that the company complies with not only safety and environment protection requirements, but also ensures the quality of services to clients and professional cooperation in accordance with international standards. Results of the Sustainability Index prove that we have been able to maintain the company’s positions at a high level. Participation in the Sustainability Index allows to assess the company’s performance and to see the aspects where determined improvements are necessary,» – informs the LRT Management Board member Dmitry Barkov.

Sustainability Index is organised in Latvia for the seventh year, it is a strategic management instrument based on experience of the most influential global indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Business in the Community CR Index, and internationally recognized methodology in five categories: strategy, work environment, market relations, environment and society or the local community. Partners of the initiative are the Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Institute, Employers’ Confederation of Latvia and the Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia.

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