22 Nov 2021

Gecić Law experts discuss sustainability at CSR Forum 2021

Gecić Law’s sustainability experts took part in two sessions at this fall’s CSR Forum organized by the Responsible Business Forum and Smart Kolektiv.

Gecić Law and the Responsible Business Forum hosted a panel on responsible business practices on November 22.  The event was held as part of the CSR Forum and was titled “Strategies for Sustainability – from CSR to ESG policies.”

Our Partner and Head of Corporate / M&A Ognjen Colić moderated the panel. Meanwhile, speakers at the event were Erste Bank Senior Expert for Corporate Social Responsibility Sonja Konakov Sirčev, Nelt Operations Manager Milenko Ribić, Lidl Serbia CSR Manager Milica Stevanović, Smart Kolektiv Director Neven Marinović and Gecić Law Associate Nemanja Sladaković.  The panel focused on the importance of sustainable approaches to business and combining existing CSR practices with the evolving and increasingly obligatory nature of ESG commitments.  The practitioners also offered insights into best practices.

Meanwhile, on November 25, Counsel Ivana Stojanović Raišić spoke at a session titled „The Green Transition – Objectives of sustainable development in environmental protection“. The session was hosted by the Responsible Business Forum and Smart Kolektiv in cooperation with the UN Global Compact in Serbia.

Ivana provided an overview of the legal framework for the environmental agenda in EU and spoke about the objectives the EU has set forth as part of the European Green Deal, including specific measures it entails. She also provided an overview of the Serbian legislative framework in the field, including the new Serbian Climate Change Act, which is an expression of the country’s efforts to align itself with the EU as part of its accession process.

Over 800 people have taken part in the CSR Forum since 2010.  So far, it hosted some of the world’s leading experts in corporate social responsibility.  Gecić Law is the only law firm in Serbia that is a member of the Responsible Business Forum.  Our firm is at the forefront of ESG in Serbia as it became the first independent law firm in the country to open an ESG practice.

If you wish to join the forum, register here. The CSR Forum will take place from November 22-26.