CSR in Bulgaria

2. The Bulgarian Legislation in the Corporate Social Responsibility Domain

Bulgaria The Bulgarian labour legislation has a history of almost 100 years. It has been changed and developed during the years following the changes in the economy and the labour market.

Hereafter are presented the main pieces of legislation related to the human resource aspects of the CSR in Bulgaria.


4 sub-chapters + source info:

2.1 Primary legislation (NB: more details in the article)


2.2 Secondary legislation (NB: more details in the article)


2.3 Various other regulations concerning CSR  (NB: more details in the article)

Over 60 are still operating, e.g.:


2.4 International legislation related to CSR ratified by Bulgaria (NB: more details in the article)

Bulgaria has been and is an active member of the international labour bodies (such as the International Labour Organisation) practically from their foundation.




UN Conventions
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) 1966 1966
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) 1966 1970
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) 1966 1970
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) 1979 1982
Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) 1989 1991
International Convention on the Protection of the Right of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (ICRMW) 1990 Not yet signed
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2006 2007 signed,  not ratified
Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948
UN Principles for Older Persons (Resolution 46/91 adopted by General Assembly) 1991
UN Millennium Declaration (Resolution adopted by the General Assembly) (Millennium Development Goals) (www.un.org/millennium/declaration/ares552e.htm) 2000
Council of Europe - European Social Charter (revised) 1996 2000



ILO Conventions
(C29) Forced Labour Convention 1930 1932
(C87) Freedom of Association and  Protection of the Right to Organize Convention 1948 1959
(C98) Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining Convention 1949 1959
(C100) Equal Remuneration Convention 1951 1955
(C105) Abolition of Forced Labour Convention 1957 1998
(C111) Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention 1958 1960
(C122) Employment Policy Convention 1964 1966
(C138) Minimum Age Convention 1973 1980
(C182) Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention 1999 2000
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 1973 1990
UN Convention on Climate Change 1992 1995 with comments
UN Convention on Biological Diversity 1998 2000
UN Environment Programme - Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (Agenda 21) 1992
OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions 1997 1998
UN Convention Against Corruption 2005 2006


Source: part of an article published in "Management et Avenir", special issue on HERMES-OSR findings and results, by Dimitar MATEV, Zlatka GOSPODINOVA from the Balkan Institute for Labour and Social Policy (BILSP), and Georgi PEEV and Krassimir YORDANOV from the New Bulgarian University (NBU).