JURGITA JUDICKIENĖ, Chairman of the Board (”TRINITI JUREX”, professional partnership of lawyers)
I believe that only a socially responsible business will be able to survive in a competitive marketplace, win customer loyalty and attract talented employees. Awareness of what socially responsible activities are and the benefits they can bring needs to grow in our country’s businesses, institutions and society. I will strive to ensure that LAVA members have the opportunity to gain experience, learn from the practices of Lithuania and other countries, and actively share them with each other. As the Chairman of the LAVA Board, I will contribute to the growth and development of social responsibility in the country, and to the introduction of responsible and ethical principles in business.
ORNELA RAMAŠAUSKAITĖ (”Orkla Care”)
I was exposed to the Sustainable Development Goals at university, where I worked directly in the field of social responsibility. I now work for ”Orkla”, a Scandinavian corporation, where it is one of the business priorities. While it is important to make a difference for each individual, business has a big role to play in setting an example for both society and the state. I hope that my experience in academic community and ”Orkla Care” will allow me to contribute to the actualization of corporate social responsibility and to the exchange of best practices.
VALENTAS NEVIERA (”Ignitis group”)
The main responsibility of my management team is the development, implementation and communication of a responsible business strategy for all group companies, including LAVA member ”Ignitis Group”. I see this as a broad area of alignment between the interests of various stakeholders. In order to ensure the needs of all sides, it is important to take into account how today’s decisions will affect the future of the whole Earth. I believe that this is increasingly on the minds of all LAVA members, present and future. Through my work on the Board, I hope to contribute to the strengthening of LAVA and the spread of sustainability in Lithuania.
IEVA ČEPONONĖ (”BIOK laboratory“)
Ethical marketing decisions have often led to the question – why am I cutting the branch I am sitting on? After all, people are willing to buy inflated product packaging and standards of good living imposed by someone else. I am glad that those days are passing and that people are increasingly appreciating sustainable, moderate consumption or healthy living solutions. Transparency, openness and environmentally friendly steps are increasingly paying off. I firmly believe that business, as the main driver of consumption, has a responsibility towards society and the environment. By joining the LAVA Association, I aim to actualize sustainability in corporate strategies, share best practices and build a growing LAVA community.
IEVA PUNYTĖ (”Green Genius”)
For many businesses, sustainability is still just a budget line. But this is temporary. Companies that do not already take the time to find solutions to reduce their environmental impact will soon be out of the picture for investors, customers and employees alike. In the long term, the processes that are routine for such businesses will become more costly and the risks will only increase. My goal is to make even moderate progress in environmental, social and governance areas the business-as-usual of every company operating in Lithuania. I hope that my experience in implementing sustainable solutions in urban systems and planning, in the commercial sector, and now in the organic waste sector will help different companies to find sustainable solutions in their own unique context.
MARIUS SMAIDŽIŪNAS (“Energy efficiency agency”)
Working in the public sector, I often miss communication with business. Business wants to take initiatives, to invest, to modernise its buildings and the energy infrastructure it manages. However, a lack of communication, knowledge or the right circumstances makes it more difficult for business to do so. As a member of the LAVA Board, I am happy to share my experience with business and I want to be the person who hears sustainable proposals of business and able to communicate these proposals to the public sector. I believe that such communication will help business to become sustainable and the country to achieve its sustainable energy goals.
AUSTĖ VALIKONYTĖ (”Sustain Academy”)
In the 21st century, a company’s success is measured not only by its financial performance, but also by its contribution to a clean, safe and sustainable environment. The growing importance of sustainability is a strong message for every business, and it is only natural that more and more companies choose to follow this path. Properly implemented sustainability practices give organisations better opportunities to develop new products or services, attract talent and investment, and communicate about sustainability in an informed and transparent way. My role on the LAVA Board will be to educate business about sustainability, to promote sustainable corporate development and to promote informed and transparent accountability for performance and goals.