Hrvatski Telekom is the winner of this year's CSR Index for socially responsible community relations, awarded by the Croatian Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Croatian Chamber of Economy. This award was given to HT at the 8th CSR Conference. This recognition is an additional impetus to Hrvatski Telekom to continue, as a leading telecom operator, to encourage the development of community as a whole through investment in infrastructure development and broadband Internet access services.
"The development of telecom infrastructure is an essential prerequisite for the development of the digital economy. This paves the way to innovative services, but also facilitates communication, making information and new learning methods more accessible. With continued investments in infrastructure and services Hrvatski Telekom contributes to the development of the whole society, that's why we are very delighted it has been recognized through this CSR Index award," said Nina Išek Međugorac, Director of Corporate Communications of Hrvatski Telekom.
The extent of influence of Hrvatski Telekom on the wider community is best illustrated by data from „Economic atlas“- the study of socio-economic contribution, conducted by the Institute of Economics. According to the results of this study, HT is the leading company in Croatia for its positive impact on the wider social environment and the largest private investor which has invested HRK 5.7 billion in the last five years. HT Group realizes more than 3% of GDP and supports 27,000 jobs with its operations.
Through the donation competition "Together We Are Stronger" Hrvatski Telekom supported 240 projects of community development in the past 11 years with more than nine million kunas. This year two grants of 350,000 kunas were awarded to projects that best promote STEM education among school children. Supporting the development of STEM field through cooperation with the academic community, student scholarships and employee involvement is part of HT's long-term development strategy, because it is a prerequisite for the overall development of society and economy.