The teaching resource will require approximately 10 lecture units.
There are several export/import cement companies that operate in the port of Durrës. These companies should operate in respect of all the legal and environmental regulations when they do their business activities. Thus, the teaching material focus is on the corporates social responsibility and specifically the companies that operate in the port of Durrës.
The problem and the challenge involved here in relation to sustainable development is that some of these companies are not complying with regulations and laws, mainly for reasons of minimizing the outlays or cutting the operation costs. The results of these daily activities has negative effects on the environment and the community that resides in Durrës (especially the families living in the quarters around the port). Therefore, it is very important to organize meetings with all the interested parties and relevant stakeholders about the importance of safe and eco-friendly business activities of the companies that export/import in the port of Durrës. In this context, a careful study about corporate social responsibility of the companies that operate in the mining industry will be helpful to identify best practices and serve as a model for other companies. In addition, this teaching resource aims to measure the citizens’ perceptions of air pollution and health issues.
Therefore, the relevant stakeholders identified in this case are the municipality of Durrës, the Port Authority of Durrës, the National Environmental Agency, and the citizens affected by this problem.
The students perspective will be derived by forming different groups to analyze and think critically about this sustainable development challenge and by proposing different solutions to it.
This also will be very helpful for tourism, because the city of Durrës is one Albania’s most important tourtist attractions.