In its January 2016 newsletter the Serbian non-governmental organization (NGO) Smart Kolektiv and the Responsible Business Forum (Serbia) announced in a press release that they had “launched the first national platform for ranking social responsibility of companies – the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Index. The Index is an on-line platform to be used by companies to evaluate their performance in the context of social responsibility based on specific indicators. Its purpose is to recognize, award and promote good business practices in Serbia.
The indexing of companies will start in March 2016, and will be an opportunity for companies to be listed on the first National list of socially responsible companies, get a comprehensive report of the state of CSR in their company and contribute to the creation of national statistics on the relation between CSR and economic performance.
The CSR Index was developed under the auspices of the Towards a More Sustainable and Innovative Civil Society in Serbia project, launched in January 2014, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The project works with the business community to increase its engagement with CSOs and promote innovative philanthropy mechanisms and CSR.”