CORE Platform Annual Report 2016-2017

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CORE Platform Annual Report 2016-2017

CORE Platform

Annual Report 2016-2017


Editorial

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been on the agenda of many businesses and

government bodies in Europe for a number of years. In the case of Malta, however, this concept is

still in its infancy. Therefore, it was on the initiative of Her Excellency, the President of Malta, Marie-

Louise Coleiro Preca, that a task force made up of business institutions and non-governmental

entities was set up. This eventually led to the creation of CORE Platform, the national platform on

CSR in Malta, in September 2015.

CORE Platform, which is under the patronage of Her Excellency, is made up of the business

institutions in the country, namely the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry;

the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA); the Malta Employers’ Association (MEA);

the Malta Business Bureau (MBB); the General Retailers and Traders Union (GRTU); and SOS Malta,

which is representing the NGOs.

I was appointed President of this new organisation on behalf of the Malta Chamber of Commerce,

Enterprise and Industry. CORE Platform also took on Ms Maria Rauch, who had been instrumental

in its formation, as Chief Executive Officer.

The first step we needed to take was that of applying to become members of CSR Europe, which

is a powerful entity based in Brussels that lobbies on CSR at European level. Maria and myself

met up with representatives from CSR Europe in Brussels on May 2016 and were very welcomed,

especially since Malta had yet to feature at a European level when it came to CSR initiatives.

As the board of CORE Platform had decided to opt against individual membership, various

companies were approached for sponsorships and here I must sincerely thank AX Hotels, Alfred

Mizzi Foundation, Tumas Foundation, Corinthia Group of Companies, Demajo Group, Bank of

Valletta, Advise Ltd., as well as Farsons Foundation and Think Ltd. who are sponsoring our website.

Moreover, I must mention the Malta Community Chest Fund, which very kindly agreed to give us

a grant to help CORE Platform find its feet. Without your generosity and support, we would not be

here today.

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Unfortunately, Maria, who lived in Germany, had to leave CORE Platform due to logistical

problems, which made it very difficult to work on local projects. Thus, Matteo Privitelli joined the

organisation in May 2016 as its Executive.

In order to create an action plan for CSR, CORE Platform has held meetings with a vast number

of stakeholders, including SMEs, large companies and corporations, NGOs, government ministries

and entities, as well as local councils. As priorities, the following actions were established:

• To encourage small and medium size businesses to take part in CSR activities, mainly in

their localities;

• To create with local councils a priority task to be handled, such as the maintenance of

playgrounds;

• To take part in European CSR-related projects;

• To take part in local projects with NGOs, local communities, and businesses;

• To create CSR Awards.

In the meantime, CORE Platform has been engaged in a number of local and European projects.

The local projects include “Volunteer Siema”, “Working Roma”, “Resilient Communities”, “The

President’s Trust Employment Initiative”, “The President’s Trust Youth Empowerment Initiative”,

“Leaders For A Day”, as well as a project on playing fields within our local communities. The

European projects CORE Platform is involved in are “EUTalent”, which focuses on apprenticeships,

and “Stereotypes in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)”, which

is to start in the coming months and will be focusing on reducing the gap present between the

girls and boys that opt for STEM subjects at school and at University.

Due to our limited resources, we have not been able to do more, but we know that we are

working in the right direction and, hopefully, we will be able to gain more momentum in the

months to come.

We had, since the very beginning, told the Government that Malta is the only EU country that

does not have a national CSR Plan. Even so, this was acknowledged and we offered to co-ordinate

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this with all the Ministries concerned yet, until today, we have not managed to get this done. This

is something that is urgently needed for Malta. We need to have a national plan outlining our

country’s priorities, so everybody can focus and work in the same direction.

In Malta, a lot is being done by companies, especially the larger ones. Moreover, tremendous

work is being done by the various NGOs, however we need a national plan to clearly set out the

priorities in order to achieve better outcomes. We also need to link all the CSR activities to the

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for

Sustainable Development and are a list of 17 goals aimed at promoting peace and prosperity for

all, ending all forms of poverty, fighting inequalities, and addressing climate change issues. There

are many businesses that do not know about them and actually also do not know that they are in

some cases already working towards them, such as the introduction of PVC panels, to name just

one example. Thus, more awareness needs to be created.

Therefore, as a concluding remark, CORE Platform will always be committed in supporting any

CSR initiatives happening both locally and abroad, and will always try to use its resources to

encourage businesses to adopt policies that will help their employees and their communities.

This will help them in the long run as more people will start choosing them over their competitors.

After all, CSR pays your business!

Helga Ellul

President

CORE Platform

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Local Projects

CSR Day

On the 16th of June 2017, CORE Platform collaborated with the President’s Foundation for

the Wellbeing of Society and organised an event to promote Corporate Social Responsibility

by facilitating networking between NGOs and businesses at local and national level, under the

patronage of Her Excellency, The President of Malta.

The event aimed:

• To encourage networking between the three main stakeholders: NGOs, small and largescale

businesses and Local Councils;

• To increase awareness and inform all stakeholders involved about the benefits and the

process required to access Corporate Social Responsibility;

• To make businesses more aware of the rewards when investing in Corporate Social

Responsibility;

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• To support, facilitate and encourage networking between all stakeholders within their local

community and at national level.

• To share good practice of projects where Corporate Social Responsibility was adopted.

CORE Platform and the PFWS hosted Ms. Celia Moore, a renowned international speaker from

CSR Europe as keynote speaker. Dr Marie Briguglio then facilitated a panel debate entitled “Sharing

good local practice”.

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Leaders For A Day

In October 2016, Mrs Helga Ellul represented CORE Platform at the ‘Leaders For A Day’ event lead

by Junior Achievement Young Enterprise and hosted by the Malta Chamber of Commerce. The

main objective of the initiative was to offer students graduating from the Company Programme

(CP) and Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) the opportunity to experience further how a company

is run by shadowing some of Malta’ top CEOs. On the occasion, there were 23 Alumni and CEOs

participating who, together with the Minister for Education, the Honourable Evarist Bartolo, signed

a letter of intent to continue supporting Entrepreneurship Education activities.

Apart from this, the event, which is

expected to be held annually, aimed to

promote further the CP and the ESP among

the business community, schools, as well as

the decision-makers in Malta.

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The President’s Trust Employment Initiative

CORE Platform is currently supporting the President’s Trust in its Employment Initiative, which

aims to help young people, who are coming from difficult backgrounds and are going through

personal challenges, find employment in Malta.

On Wednesday 1 st March

2017, representatives from

the business sector and

from institutions and unions

including the Malta Employers’

Association and the General

Retailers and Traders Union

met to discuss how the

initiative can move forward

and develop further.

The President’s Trust Youth Empowerment Initiative

CORE Platform is helping the President’s Trust in its Youth Empowerment Initiative, which aims

to help give a voice and empower young people in the South-East region of Malta and allow them

to become active citizens. This will be done primarily through the setting up of a skatepark in

Birżebbuġa.

On the 26 th of May 2017, a

meeting with stakeholders

was held at San Anton Palace

in Attard. This meeting was

addressed by Her Excellency,

Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca,

President of Malta. Further

follow-up meetings are being

planned for the coming months.

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Volunteer Sliema

Volunteer Sliema is a Partnership between SOS Malta and Core Platform and is supported by

Sliema Local Council and Capua Hospital. This multi-stakeholder local partnership will develop

an innovative community based response to the needs of vulnerable elderly people to ensure

a reduction of their social exclusion, whilst contributing to a reawakening of the spirit of selfgiving

and active citizenship within the community through the development of a local volunteer

scheme. This project will be a flagship project to celebrate 25 years of SOS Malta. This project will

seek to ensure vulnerable elderly and people with a physical disability feel more mobile and able

to access health care and essential services, as well as engage in leisure and community activities.

Additionally, the project will seek to provide emotional support to these groups of people through

the creation of a Community Volunteers Network.

This pilot project will build upon both the existing VolServ project and Tal-Kultura – the volunteer

programme for Valletta 2018, which currently together have approximately 500 volunteers. The

scheme will also utilise the existing the SOS Malta car and the wealth of volunteer management

experience SOS Malta holds and will contribute to the SOS Malta core pillar of work of social

inclusion and solidarity with vulnerable groups. The proposed pilot project would take place in

Sliema. This area is one of the main shopping hubs with a wide catchment area.

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The project will include 3 key elements:

1) The development of a local volunteer network of 20-30 volunteers to ensure a pool of

support for the elderly;

2) The development of a community transport scheme to promote the mobility of the elderly

and those with a disability;

3) The establishment of a local stakeholder network who support the implementation of the

scheme.

Resilient Communities

CORE Platform is partnering with SOS Malta to promote cross-sector partnerships for the

implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a local level. The vision behind

this project, which is part-financed by the Malta Community Chest Fund, stems from the need to

begin addressing the 17 goals for sustainable development committed to by UN world leaders in

2015.

To this end, this particular project considers the pivotal role that businesses could play in

complementing ongoing and new local efforts to establish a more equitable, inclusive

and sustainable society but also recognises the need for transformative change in order for

companies to integrate environmental, social and good governance approaches into their

business framework. The idea is to address existing barriers to involvement of businesses in

the SDGs, including lack of knowledge; lack of leadership and a lack of potential gains through

different means including:

i) The creation of an online hub on Responsible Business which will provide an interactive

space for learning and knowledge exchange;

ii) A public campaign which will engage citizens and encourage them to push businesses and

local authorities to become engaged in tackling SDGs at a local level;

iii) Organising participatory workshops involving all relevant actors to foster a cooperative

environment;

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iv) Working towards the development of local sustainable development action plans for

certain localities.

The specific objectives of the project are as follows:

1) Increasing awareness amongst the Maltese business sector, consumers, civil society and

local government regarding the SDGs and the collective responsibility of all to take action

for their achievement;

2) Engaging all players in constructive dialogue and action on Responsible Business for the

achievement of global sustainability; and

3) Contributing to behaviour change of Maltese businesses through awareness and

engagement and thus encourage the incorporation of responsible policies, practices and

collaboration with local stakeholders to ensure local community development approaches.

Working Roma

This project is funded by the

European Union – JUST/2014/RDIS/

AG/DISC – which aims to provide new

tools, based on the exchange of best

practices, to prevent intolerance in

the labour market towards migrants.

The majority of working age migrants and foreigners in Central and Southern Europe do not

have a job and many have been out of work for a considerable length of time.

The high levels of unemployment of working migrant people are most often perceived as a

problem of scarce supply-side in the labour market, due to low levels of education and professional

qualifications of migrants and foreigners. However, there is another dimension, less spoken and

recognised, that is discrimination.

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Discrimination significantly aggravates the situation and causes systemic exclusion from

employment for a large number of the migrant and foreign communities.

CORE Platform has partnered with Paragon Europe and has embarked on a mission to overcome

this discriminatory environment in Malta and within the Maltese business community.

In May and June 2017, the first workshops on the issue were held at the premises of the Foundation

for Human Resources Development in Sliema and Paragon Europe in Mosta respectively, with a

number of entrepreneurs, employers, as well as the migrants and foreigners themselves actively

participating in the debates.

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Playing fields in our local communities

CORE Platform is collaborating with the Local Council Association (LCA) as well as with the

councillors of Maltese communities themselves with regards to the playing fields found in our

localities. The aim of the initiative is to preserve and maintain already-existing playgrounds that

will not only serve as spaces for recreation and relaxation, but also as safety hubs for the children

of the area.

On Tuesday 07 th March 2017, a number of mayors, executive secretaries, and other representatives

of local councils in Malta, together with Dr Marc Sant, President of the LCA and representatives of

CORE Platform met to discuss the problems and obstacles that are hindering the development of

playing fields. This event was held at the President’s Kitchen Garden in Attard.

Many interesting points were raised, however, the most important one concerned the heavy

costs that the local council must incur to maintain and insure the playing field. Therefore, for this

reason, CORE Platform is communicating with the Malta Developers Association (MDA) as well as

with insurance companies to see ways of how these costs and burdens could be reduced.

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European Projects

EUTalent

CORE Platform is one of 13 National Partner Organisations engaged in the CSR Europe-led

EUTalent project. The main objective of this Erasmus+ funded project is to involve and

encourage Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to offer more, and better quality,

apprenticeships.

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Partner EUTalent SMEs Organisations play project. a big The role main engaged

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apprenticeships.

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employment opportunities, as

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potential provide when it high comes to quality the

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provision apprenticeships.

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here is that, very often, SMEs lack

provide create support high structures quality in

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apprenticeships.

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and experience national learning to provide networks. high

To support SMEs this

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EUTalent project aims to

create support structures in

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quality apprenticeships. To support SMEs this EUTalent project aims to create support structures

in the form of European and national learning networks.

The main aims of this project include:

The The main aims aims of this of project this project include: include:

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helga.ellul@good-advise.com

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helga.ellul@good-advise.com or Mr Matteo Privitelli on matteo.privitelli@core.org.mt.

helga.ellul@good-advise.com or Mr Matteo Privitelli on matteo.privitelli@core.org.mt.


Tackling Gender Stereotypes in the field of Science,

Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

CORE Platform, together with CSR Europe and 14 other National Partner Organisations, has

embarked on a mission to address the stereotyping of education and career choices relating to

STEM and to dissolve the persisting imbalance in the STEM field.

Project activities include:

• Setting up of business-education partnerships to deliver awareness-raising activities for 13-

19 year-old students, their parents, and company representatives to address and question

stereotypes and attract women into male-dominated STEM sectors;

• Developing a toolkit and provision of training for national partner organisations on how to

set-up business-education partnerships on STEM and gender Stereotypes;

• Having an impact assessment of activities;

• Facilitating a learning network for companies at both national and EU level that aims

to improve the impact of a company’s STEM programme (with an emphasis on tackling

gender stereotypes).

• Developing and providing training, online courses and a guide for teachers so that they are

equipped with all the tools necessary to combat gender stereotypes.

The Executive Committee of CORE Platform is comprised of the Malta Chamber of Commerce,

Enterprise and Industry (President), GRTU – Chamber of SMEs (Secretary), SOS Malta

(Treasurer), the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association, the Malta Employers’ Association,

the Malta Business Bureau, BoV Foundation, Alfred Mizzi Foundation, TUMAS Foundation,

Farsons Foundation, and AX Holdings Ltd.

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“For more and better corporate citizenship”

GET IN TOUCH

The address of CORE Platform is:

The Malta Chamber of Commerce,

Enterprise and Industry,

The Exchange Buildings,

Republic Street

Valletta, VLT 1117

Malta

You can find CORE Platform’s website by following this link: http://www.core.org.mt/

Our Facebook page can be accessed by following this link: https://www.facebook.

com/COREPlatformMalta/

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