PostEurop Leonardo da Vinci Programme “Training Partnership for Stress Management in the Postal Sector Project” Multilateral Visit meeting took place on 8, 9 and 10October 2014 in Athens, Greece with the active and efficient participation of PostEurop, bpost, La Poste, Deutsche Post, Swiss Post, Hellenic Post, KEK-ELTA, InoSalus, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Federation of Occupational Health Nurses within the European Union. On this occasion, Mr. Antonios Christodoulou, Deputy General Director from the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Welfare – Greece was also present.
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More than 100 delegates Including 22 CEOs and top executives participated in the PostEurop Plenary Assembly and Business Forum– Innovating Today for Tomorrow, excellently hosted by Poste San Marino end September.
Beyond the approval of next year’s Business Plan and Budget, as well as the presentation of the Member Survey results, highlights of the Plenary Assembly included the introduction of the CSR “Coups de Coeur” recognising three top case studies in the area of Environment, Employee and Society, and the announcement of the EUROPA competition stamp winners for 2014.
Following the plenary, PostEurop held two half-days of interesting presentations on innovation given today’s evolving technologies and community.
Keynote speakers included technology futurist Nick Sohnemann, João Melo from CTT Correios and Chair of the PostEurop Advanced Electronic Solutions Forum, and Roland Keller from Swisspost Innovation Management.
PostEurop also invited five top executives from Small and Medium Postal Operators (Armenia, Jersey, Monaco, Montenegro and San Marino) to present their views on Innovation. This was followed by vibrant discussions.
On Innovative collaborations PostEurop had the pleasure to get to know the Postal Union of the Mediterranean (PUMed), the signing of the UPU - PostEurop - RCC co-operation agreement on eCommerce and other regional development activities, as well as the e-Commerce related initiatives of the UPU Postal Operations Council.
The next PostEurop Plenary Assembly will be held next year in Cyprus on 14 and 15 October hosted by Cyprus Post. So please block those dates on your calendar.
More than 30 delegates including top executives from Eastern Europe Postal Operators participated in the The Fourth Regional Postal Counseling, which took place from 1 till 4 October 2014, at the “Maestral” hotel (Miločer/Budva) in Montenegro.
This event was jointly organized by the PostEurop Market Activities Circle (MAC) and Montenegro Post, and focused on the assessment of new technological options which can enhance the improvement of postal activities and postal administrations’ readiness to operate successfully in this challenging market environment.
The IV Regional Counseling was opened by Mr. Vujica Lazović, Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro for Economic Policy and Financial System and Minister for Information Society. Keynote speakers included the PostEurop Secretary General, Botond Szebeny, our PostEurop Market Activities Circle Chair, Marjan Osvald, as well as Milan Martinovic, CEO of Montenegro Post, and Derek Osborn.
The agenda of the IV Regional Counseling was very interesting with many presentations from Marketing, Direct Mail and IT experts from the region and also promoted a very interesting round table focused on the promotion of the traditional core business within the Digital omnipresence, presenting Print Power and Keep Me Posted initiatives are particularly important in this context.
Beyond the agenda IV Regional Counseling, the PostEurop Secretary General, Botond Szebeny, presented personally to Vujica Lazović, Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro, the role of PostEurop within the European Postal Industry and discussed with him the new challenges of this industry in the forthcoming years.
Botond Szebeny also presented these views to the Montenegro Press.
This event in Montenegro was a very fruitful experience for the promotion of the Market Activities Circle in the region and it was also a great opportunity to get closer to our members.
The next Market Day event will be organized in cooperation with the Operations Activities Circle within the framework of a joint Operations and Market Day. More information on this will be available soon through the usual channels.
The “Coup de Coeur for Environment" was given to bpost for their "Eco-Driving Challenge" to engage their employees in applying a sustainable driving behavior. This initiative helped employees increase their awareness on environmental issues and the importance through improving the way they drive. Mr. Dirk Tirez, General Counsel and Company Secretary for bpost as well as the Chairman of the PostEurop European Union Affairs Committee accepted the award on behalf of bpost. Dirk underlined the importance for a company with a large fleet to reduce its CO2 consumption without necessarily investing in new vehicles.
For the Employee category, PostEurop awarded Česká Pošta for their breast cancer prevention campaign which encouraged their female employees to perform regular check-ups and mammography. Mrs. Marta Horakova, Director of HR Process, who received the price on behalf of Česká Pošta stressed out how important it was for her, the employees and every Czech woman to have such a campaign, as it has already saved two lives, thanks to early diagnosis.
Finally, Royal Mail received the award for the Society category. The company’s graduate and apprentices scheme encourages its young and new employees to participate in societal project aimed at collecting money for the Royal Mail’s national charity fund of the year. Mr. David Pilkington, Head of International and Customs Policy as well as a Member of the PostEurop Management Board received this award on behalf of his colleagues and said that he was very proud of the youngsters of the company even when they “sponged their managers”. The graduate fundraising challenge has raised around £150,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, including matched giving.
The “Coup de Coeur” awards were the result of a rich and diversified collection of CSR best practices in the second edition of PostEurop’s CSR publication, which allows PostEurop Members to share up to 55 initiatives amongst themselves. This proves once again the role of the Postal sector as a pioneer, leading the way to Corporate Social Responsibility.
”The process of selecting the best CSR best practices in the areas of Environment, Employee and Society was a very exciting one. Key considerations included innovation, transferability of the best practice and the impact it brought to the community. I would like to encourage all postal operators to continue their wonderful work and be an inspiration for each other.” said Mr. Dominique Bailly, Chairman of the Corporate Social Responsibility Activities Circle at PostEurop.
”The publication is also a vehicle of communication with our key stakeholders. It is an important tool to recognize the social and environmental role the postal sector plays in the community.” states Mr. Jean-Paul Forceville, Chairman of the PostEurop Management Board during the ceremony.
Congratulations to all the winners.
On 25 September 2014, Mr. Pascal Clivaz, Vice Director General of the UPU and Mr. Botond Szebeny, PostEurop Secretary General signed the PostEurop Neighbourhood Programme - Joint Declaration during the PostEurop Plenary Assembly Meeting held in Republic of San Marino. UPU and PostEurop wishes to continue their fruitful cooperation in order to facilitate the improvement, harmonization and development of postal services.
Music is performed by the Sibelius Academy Folk Big Band and courtesy of Itella.