On April 9, the American Chamber of Commerce in Macedonia – AmCham, a business community of 130 of the largest companies in the country, organized a fundraising event titled Social Marketplace, where three socially beneficial projects were presented and companies – members of the chamber had the opportunity to support them. The projects targeted several target groups: persons with disabilities who will receive training and the opportunity to work in the catering sector; socially endangered persons from Prespa who will learn how to grow organic products and engage in social entrepreneurship, as well as children and young people who will have the opportunity to get to know and love nature through creative activities.
As part of our efforts to promote corporate social responsibility and make it easier for companies to invest in communities in which they live and work, AmCham announced a call for socially beneficial ideas on which 39 CSOs applied. Volunteers from the AmCham Social Responsibility Committee, and at the same time employed by member companies, conducted a thorough analysis of the proposed projects and verification of organizations and selected the three best and most effective socially useful initiatives. The projects were presented to companies that had the opportunity to decide and to declare which projects to support them.
The event successfully achieved the goal by providing 1,500,000 MKD, as well as the products and services needed for the implementation of these socially useful projects, while at the same time raising the awareness of the social responsibility of the companies and contributing to the formation of partnerships between the private and the civil sector.