martes, 3 de febrero de 2015

Forum Multi Stakeholder on Corporate Social Responsability

What is the Future for CSR in Europe?

European institutions, governments, businesses and civil society organisations are seen as leaders in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), but there is still much to be done. The EU's CSR Strategy has provided a sound framework for actions from 2011-14, but that Strategy is now ready for review and we want to know what you think should be the priorities for 2015-2020. As part of the ongoing review process of the current CSR strategy, the European Commission will hold the plenary meeting of the Multi-Stakeholder Forum the 3rd and 4th February 2015, in Brussels.

A CSR public consultation already told us that:

  • 83% of respondents want the Commission to continue to engage in CSR
  • More than 2/3 found the impact of policies so far to have been useful or very useful.
  • CSR has an important impact on strengthening the medium-/long-term competitiveness of the EU economy (according to 79%) and its sustainability (81%).
  • The Commission should focus on three priorities for the future: (1) working at the international level, (2) raising awareness and (3) improving transparency measures.
The programme will address these issues, either individually, or horizontally where they are relevant to many areas (such as in the case of transparency). But it will not be limited to these and will seek to complement the consultation with a wide-ranging and multi-perspective dialogue. 

What is CSR?

CSR is “the responsibility of enterprises for their impacts on society.” It is not philanthropy, which is "what companies do with their money"; CSR is about "how companies make their money",…about their core business.

For enterprises, CSR relates to a wide variety of issues, such as employment conditions and labour standards, freedom of association, well-being at work, non-discrimination and gender balance, new ways of working, stakeholder engagement, human rights, renewable technologies, emissions and pollution reductions, and bribery and corruption.

It is therefore a cross-cutting issue relevant to several of European policies including: enterprise and industrial policy, social affairs and employment, corporate governance and company law, environment, consumer affairs, trade, development, external relations, human rights, justice and home affairs, research, and education and training.  Within the European Commission DG GROW (formerly DG Enterprise & Industry) leads the file on the CSR strategy as the common denominator is business behaviour.

Commitment to CSR by enterprises has become important to rebuild trust following the financial crisis and some high profile disasters.  52% of Europeans find the overall influence of companies on society is positive, 41% think it is negative, with significant geographical and sectoral variations (April 2013 Eurobarometer)

In spite of recent advances, still only about 33% of larger EU corporations have systemic reporting on CSR (2013 survey).  In some Member States the awareness and uptake of CSR is particularly low, particularly amongst SMEs, which need guidance on CSR.

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