SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

We offer corporations and foundations an attractive platform and workshops to facilitate their effective involvement of employees and stakeholders in their corporate citizenship engagements.

The business model spectrum

The question if an organisation is set-up as a charitable or as a for-profit entity has hardly any relevance from a social entrepreneurship perspective. A maximum social impact can be achieved within different legal settings, depending on the strategy chosen.

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Addressing corporate social responsibility is in the interests of enterprises…

A strategic approach to CSR is increasingly important to the competitiveness of enterprises. It can bring benefits in terms of risk management, cost savings, access to capital, customer relationships, human resource management, and innovation capacity.

Because CSR requires engagement with internal and external stakeholders, it enables enterprises to better anticipate and take advantage of fast changing societal expectations and operating conditions. It can therefore drive the development of new markets and create opportunities for growth.

By addressing their social responsibility enterprises can build long-term employee, consumer and citizen trust as a basis for sustainable business models. Higher levels of trust in turn help to create an environment in which enterprises can innovate and grow.

…and in the interests of society as a whole

Through CSR, enterprises can significantly contribute to the European Union’s treaty objectives of sustainable development and a highly competitive social market economy. CSR underpins the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, including the 75% employment target.3 Responsible business conduct is especially important when private sector operators provide public services. Helping to mitigate the social effects of the current economic crisis, including job losses, is part of the social responsibility of enterprises. CSR offers a set of values on which to build a more cohesive society and on which to base the transition to a sustainable economic system.