Launch of the 4th book on the implementation of the European Directive on Energy Performance of Buildings

The complete edition of the Concerted Action EPBD book “2016 Implementing the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) – Featuring Country Reports” was successfully launched at the end of April. The book, the 4th in a series that started in 2008, highlights the major developments in the EPBD implementation for the period 2012-2015. Part A of the book describes the main accomplishments and the remaining challenges on specific EPBD topics across Europe, as well as conclusions and recommendations for the upcoming EPBD review, expected for 2016/2017. Part B of the book contains reports from the 28 EU Members States plus Norway. The Sympraxis Team was responsible for language editing and page setting of the edition, as it was for the 2011 and 2013 editions. The book is available in electronic form via the Concerted Action EPBD website.

Debriefing event for Circle of Love and Cores of Knowledge

The debriefing event for the two programmes realised by the Children Support Centre of Elefsis in the context of the programme titled “We are all citizens” was held on 24 April with the participation of a large number of beneficiaries residents of Thriasio Pedio. At the event, the outcomes of the two action plans “Circle of Love for the Families of Thriasio Pedio” and “Cores of Knowledge” were presented. Bodossakis Foundation, the programme’s grant manager, was represented by Mrs. Fay Koutzoukou, who, addressing the attendees, highlighted the important role of the Children Support Centre. Sympraxis Team supported the Centre in the submission of proposals, and was responsible for the management and publicity of the programmes.

Blood Donation Campaign in OTE Group

The realisation of the 54th Blood Donation of OTE Group started in April 2016 with the contribution of Sympraxis Team in the planning and implementation of the internal communication campaign. The material used for the communication campaign included: posters; specially designed stationary illuminated stands; mobile stands; online material on the employees’ internal network. The basic concept of the communication campaign is the special relationship that is created between the volunteer blood donor and the person who receives and uses the blood: two people which may not know each other, but the first one saves the life of the latter. OTE Group has a long tradition in blood donation, since it maintains for many years one of the biggest corporate blood banks in Greece, aiming to meet the needs of employees and their families.

Thomas Kolster, a Cause Marketing guru, in Athens

On 21 April, Sympraxis Team and Global Sustain successfully organised in Athens an important educational seminar on Cause Marketing, presenting the internationally renowned speaker and author Thomas Kolster. The seminar was attended by more than 70 business executives working on corporate responsibility and sustainability issues. The seminar presented the methods for the effective use of Cause Marketing by companies and non-profit organisations, as well as successful best practices at global level. Furthermore, the attendees had the opportunity to participate in experiential exercises, learning ways in which a company can address today’s ethically thinking consumers. Thanos Belalidis, on behalf of the Sympraxis Team, closed the all-day seminar by presenting best practices from Cause Marketing initiatives implemented by various Greek companies, highlighting the possibility that advertising can be a force for the benefit of the environment and society.

HELLASCO Event on Public Contracts

On 31 March 2016, HELLASCO / Hellenic Association of Consulting Firms (SEGM) held an event at ATHINAIS hotel, concerning the bill on public contracts for works, procurements and services. HELLASCO member-company representatives participated in the event with interventions and statements on their positions. On the basis of the comments made by HELLASCO members and the conclusions drawn at the event, the Board of Directors is planning an intervention policy, which will be adopted in all phases and processes that will be realized before the new law is passed. Sympraxis Team was responsible for the event’s organisational support, in the framework of the overall cooperation and administrative support provided to HELLASCO.

Cores of Knowledge in Mandra Attica

The one-day seminar titled “Social Benefits and Rights in Practice” was held on 30 March in Mandra City Hall, in the framework of the information and public awareness events of the “Cores of Knowledge” social programme carried out by the Children Support Centre of Elefsis in the area of Thriasio. The seminar was attended by residents of Thriasio Pedio and aimed to inform them on the main social benefits offered to citizens in the context of the Municipality of Mandra, as well as on the role of the Greek Ombudsman in relation to defending citizen rights. The project is funded through the ”We are all Citizens” program, which comprises part of the overall ΕΕΑ Financial Mechanism for Greece with the Bodossakis Foundation as grant manager.