BCSDH welcomes new president



Attila Chikán Jr., CEO of ALTEO Group, was elected president of the assembly of the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary (BCSDH) on Friday, according to a press release. The new president follows István Salgó CEO of ING Bank in the position, who, according to the assembly’s unanimous decision, will assist BCSDH as an honorary president.

According to the press release, under the leadership of Salgó the organization became a significant player in the recognition of sustainability’s importance in business in Hungary. The number of member companies increased to 72, which altogether produce close to 30% of Hungaryʼs GDP. Attila Chikán Jr.ʼs goal is to ensure the continuity of ongoing, successful programs; make BCSDH’s activities more tangible and visible for public and political decision makers; and improve the international relations of the organization, the press release noted.

The newly elected president’s work will be supported by a four-member board. Its reelected member is Zsolt Jamniczky, vice-president of E.ON Hungária. The three new members are Dr. Ágnes Fábián, executive director of HENKEL Hungary; Zoltán Gazsi, executive director of eisberg Hungary; and Dr. Thomas Nareshubert, executive director of BASF Hungária, elected by the assembly. The mandate of the president and the executive board is for three years.

The management of BCSDH will still be in the hands of Irén Márta, who was elected director last year, and switched her board delegation to directorate.

“We initiated several successful programs during the last six years. ‘The Complex Interpretation of Corporate Sustainability’ base document provides a guideline for sustainable company operation to domestic leaders. Over 100 organizations have joined our initiative by signing the document. The success of our ‘Future Leaders Talent Program’ is exemplified by the fact that we will start the third class this year. In the meantime, the ‘Action 2020 Hungary’ called the business sector to action, to find professional solutions to the challenges derived from the basic expectations of sustainable development”, Salgó said, in welcoming the new president.

“Regarding the already initiated programs, my main task is to keep our momentum, and guarantee the continuity of the current, high-level of professional work. I also consider sharing our results and making our activity more visible to the wider public and political decision makers a crucial task. Due to its size, Hungary cannot demonstrate major results in the field of sustainable development on its own, as such I would like to strengthen our regional co-operations and partnerships as well”, Chikán said.

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