|Source||Paolo G. Meozzi|
CSR contributs to the achievement of the European strategic goal of becoming, by 2010, the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion" adopted by the Lisbon Summit of March 2000, and to the European Strategy for Sustainable Development.
In the communication of July 2002 , the Commission presents a EU strategy to promote CSR.The communication is a follow-up to the 2001 Green paper Promoting a European Framework for Corporate Social Responsibility
o recognition of voluntary nature of CSR;
o need for credibility and transparency of CSR practices;
o focus on activities where Community involvement adds value;
o balanced and all-encompassing approach to CSR, including economic, social and environmental issues as well as consumer interests;
o attention to the needs and characteristics of SMEs;
o support and compatibility with existing international agreements and instruments (ILO core labour standards, OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises).
The Commission proposes to focus its strategy on the following areas:
§ Increasing knowledge about the positive impact of CSR on business and societies in Europe and abroad, in particular in developing countries;
§ Developing the exchange of experiences and good practices on CSR between enterprises;
§ Promoting the development of CSR management skills;
§ Fostering CSR among SMEs;
§ Facilitating convergence and transparency of CSR practices and tools;
§ Launching a Multi-Stakeholder Forum on CSR at EU level;
§ Integrating CSR into Community policies.
· Exchange of experience and good practices about CSR between companies, stakeholder dialogue and participative management.
· Developing the exchange of experience and good practices on CSR between Member states;
· Integrating CSR principles in general education as well as in business administration training;
· Working towards better (codes of conduct; management standards; accounting, auditing and reporting; labels; and socially responsible investments) where increased convergence and transparency is desirable in order to further promote the development of CSR practices.
· Launching a Multi-Stakeholder Forum
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