NLB Frame of Help: This time we looking for regional companies that are improving our society

January 29, 2024

The fourth season of the NLB Frame of Help project starts today. This time, NLB Group offers the opportunity to regional companies which - like us - are using their ideas to create better footprints. The project, which has involved hundreds of regional companies in the past three seasons, is now looking for small and medium-sized companies from our home region, that are addressing pressing social issues with their ideas, innovations and business operations.

At NLB Group we believe that we can only together address key challenges we are facing today. Each of us must participate and actively contribute to solving them. But to do this, we must first create the social conditions in which everyone can fulfill their potential.

That's why this year's NLB Frame of Help is looking for innovative companies and projects that improve and enrich our society and tackle challenges such as the overuse of digital technologies among young people, peer violence, human rights violations, gender equality, poverty, as well as the challenges posed by dementia and other diseases of an ageing society.

NLB Frame of Help is intended for regional enthusiasts, visionaries and unwavering optimists who believe in our home region, in its people and, last but not least, in a better quality of life.

"Sustainable development has been of particular importance to NLB Group in recent years. We are trying to integrate it meaningfully into more and more of our activities and programmes - in our day-to-day operations, in the solutions we design for our clients, in the care we take of our employees, in our business decisions and moves. We are aware of our responsibility, and we want to lead by example, which is why we are opening up and promoting sustainability issues in the region with projects such as the NLB Frame of Help," explained NLB’s CEO Blaž Brodnjak at the launch of the new, fourth season of the project. "After having addressed environmental issues very intensively in the past years, social issues have been a growing challenge in recent years. And that is why they deserve more attention and support. The ideas and projects we have been introduced to so far through the NLB Frame of Help have always impressed us. It is truly amazing how much potential and energy is hidden in our home region, which we are also turning into a region full of opportunities exactly through projects like these," he added.  

Apply by 10 March

Companies with a track record of successful projects, as well as those who are still developing their innovative ideas in the field of sustainable business, are kindly invited to apply by 10 March 2024. The application form with simple instructions can be found here.

The ten best business ideas from each market where NLB Group operates, i.e. Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo, will be selected for the final round. The finalists will benefit from more favorable financing and other banking solutions, as well as increased media visibility with the help of Proplus and Europlakat partners.

The winners of the fourth season of the NLB Frame of Help project will be announced and presented on 9 May at the NLB Group Investor Day in Ljubljana. The best project will be awarded a prize of EUR 50,000, the second-placed project EUR 30,000 and the third-placed project EUR 20,000.

You can read all about the rules and conditions here.

Sustainability is of particular importance to NLB Group

At NLB Group, sustainability is woven into everything we do. For us, this region is not just a spot on the map. This is our home. Because we love our home, we strive to improve and develop it for present and future generations. »Creating better footprints" represents our concern for society, individuals and the environment with which the NLB Group indicates the increasingly intensive integration of sustainability into its operations. It is a symbol of our commitment to leave behind only the most beautiful traces.

NLB is the first Slovenian bank joining to the Global Principles for Responsible Banking, which define our role and responsibility in shaping a sustainable future, while helping to align our goals with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. We have also joined the United Nations' Net Zero Banking Alliance, which aims to align credit and investment portfolios with net zero emissions by 2050 or earlier.

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