The Charter of Rights and Obligations for Enterprises was adopted by SEV Members at 2005 Annual General Assembly. Mr. Ulysses Kyriacopoulos Chairman of SEV (The Federation of Greek Industries) during his speech at the evening session of SEV Annual General Assembly noted “We, members of the Federation of Greek Industries, the most dynamic part of the Greek business community, are aware of our responsibilities. The mentality battle starts from our own selves. That is why, today, we set high goals. We draw up the “basic rules of the game” as we understand them, to secure a modern environment promoting entrepreneurship, competitiveness and economic growth. The Charter of Rights and Obligations is a document of principles and values; with it, enterprises declare their self-commitment to recognise and “honour” their obligations while claiming at the same time their rights.
Thus, in accordance with the Charter of Rights and Obligations for Enterprises:
Charter of Rights and Obligations for Enterprises
An enterprise has the right to operate within a stable, clear, codified, objective, predictable and internationally competitive institutional and legal framework that would promote entrepreneurship and strengthen competitiveness. An enterprise ought to secure its survival whilst respecting the institutional and legal framework, undertake its responsibilities and meet consistently its obligations.
As any citizen of this country, an enterprise has the right to an upright and transparent managing of public finance that would secure the social role of the State and aim at restricting public borrowing and, also, to a stable and predictable taxation framework that would support entrepreneurship and investments. An enterprise has the obligation to consistently respond to its instituted obligations and to contribute to combating corruption that leads to market distortions and harms society as a whole.
An enterprise has the right to demand transparency, reliability and mutuality in the State’s relations with the citizens and the other enterprises and, also, effective protection on the part of justice. An enterprise has the obligation to return a reasonable dividend to its shareholders, implement the principles of corporate governance and fulfil its obligations towards its employees, suppliers and customers.
An enterprise has the right of access to a unified and effective European market that would not be restricted by State or private monopolies and would operate under conditions that would not harm the direct or long-term competitive capacity of that enterprise and of economy as a whole. An enterprise has the obligation to avoid harmonised practices and not to adulterate competition to the detriment of consumers.
An enterprise has the right to a modern educational system that would offer skills, knowledge and values corresponding to the social and economic needs, a system that would promote individual responsibility, teamwork, creativity and innovation. An enterprise has the obligation to invest in workplace knowledge, training and lifelong learning of its employees.
An enterprise has the right of access to a labour market that would not burden the enterprise’s capacity to rapidly adjust to changes and would encourage an increase in employment and, also, to demand that the State hold an effective social protection net for the unemployed (aimed at quickly re-including the unemployed into the market). An enterprise has the obligation to contribute in creating jobs, apply a meritocratic system in performance, promotions and pay evaluation, secure good and safe work conditions with equal rights and opportunities for all and respect the balance between working time and personal life.
An enterprise has the right to demand that the State provide a simple and effective framework of rules and standards ensuring consumer protection, the safeguard of the enterprise’s reputation and its objective treatment on the basis of real and verified facts. An enterprise has the obligation to comply with the rules for the protection of consumers and respect their rights to be provided with safe, qualitative goods and services at competitive prices.
An enterprise has the right to a single national and European policy that would effectively protect intellectual property, support research and development and encourage innovation. An enterprise has the responsibility to follow technological developments, improve its competitiveness, modernise its production procedures and innovate in the goods or services provided.
An enterprise has the right to a clear and comprehensive national spatial planning and to modern infrastructures that would secure transport networks, waste management, telecommunications and energy. An enterprise has the responsibility to respect the environment through minimising the effects of its actions upon it, implement disaster prevention measures, actively promote recycling and contribute in energy saving.
An enterprise that respects its obligations arising out of the present Charter would demand that its contribution to society be recognised and its rights be respected by the State. As an active corporate citizen, the enterprise commits itself to offer a part of the value added that is produced to society and to cultivate a corporate culture that recognises and implements the principles of the present Charter.
Concluding his speech Mr. Kyriacopoulos asked the Prime Minister Mr. Costas Karamanlis ‘to symbolically receive the Charter of Rights and Obligations for Enterprises” making a wish: “That all the enterprises of the country adopt it and hang it up near the entrance of their workplaces. I hope that other social [[group]]s, trade union organisations and political parties would also think and formulate their rights and obligations. Such an effort would promote respect for the rights of others”.