In late May, the NIS Company celebrated a major jubilee – ten years since the first issue of the Report on Sustainable Development was published. As the jubilee came at a time of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Sustainability Report for 2019 was presented to the public by NIS in an original and interesting way – as an interactive online version on the company’s website: https://www.nis.eu/izvestaj-o-odrzivom-razvoju.
NIS in the report recognizes 12 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, namely: good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate campaign, life on the Earth and peace, justice and strong institutions.
The report states that in 2019, the company realized the largest volume of investments since 2013. 42.2 billion dinars were invested in development projects, while 534 million dinars were invested in environmental protection. The focus of NIS’s sustainable development was also investing in employee development. Thus, in 2019, NIS organized 2,180 trainings in which more than 4,000 employees participated and invested 257 million dinars for those purposes. In addition, since 2009, the company has invested around 3.8 billion dinars in improving the quality of life of Serbian citizens through various programs. Among other things, NIS contributed to the construction, renovation and equipping of 37 children’s hospitals and health centres, 77 playgrounds and parks, 12 laboratories, 4 museums, 4 theatres and 14 maternity hospitals. During 2019, the company invested over 371 million dinars in socially responsible programs, and only through the “Common Cause Community” program, 116.5 million dinars were invested in the purchase of modern medical equipment and reconstruction of health institutions in 13 partner municipalities and cities in Serbia. Other than that, NIS founded the Volunteer Club, which has more than 500 members, and who achieved over 1,700 volunteer hours during the previous year alone.