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1 Peer Reviews and new Compendium on CSR Presentation to HLG meeting 20 December 2013, Brussels

2 This Presentation 1.The Peer Reviews: progress to date 2.Current status of NAPs 3.Factors influencing Member State priorities on CSR 4.Horizontal ‘content’ priorities 5.Vertical ‘content’ priorities 6.Some common ‘process’ themes 5.Draft structure of Compendium 6.Questions

3 The Peer Reviews: Progress to date Peer review groupsParticipating countries Group 1: 5 June (IT)BG, DE, IT, MT Group 2: 18 June (UK)BE, EE, PL, UK Group 3: 25 September (SE)CY, ES, RO, SE Group 4: 22 October (FR)FR, IE, LU, SI Group 5: 5 November (FI)CZ, EL, FI, PT Group 6: 28 November (NL)HR, HU, LV, NL Group 7: 9 December (DK)AU, DK, LT, SK

4 Member State priorities on CSR: Current status of NAPs Countries with CSR NAPs under development: EL, HR, LV, RO, SI, SK Countries with current CSR NAPs: BE, BG, CY, DE, DK, EE, FI, FR, IT, LT, NL, PL, SE, UK Countries with CSR NAPs close to finalisation: AT, CZ, ES IE, HU MT Absence of NAP does not mean absence of CSR policies

5 Member State priorities on CSR: NAPs on Business and Human Rights No information for other countries; reference in current NAPs from CY, FI, FR, LT, NL, SE Countries with plans for separate NAPs on B&HR: BE, DE, ES, FI, SE, (PT) Countries who will include B&HR into CSR NAP: CZ, MT

6 Factors influencing Member State priorities on CSR National priority setting is influenced by a number of factors:  Definition of CSR  Existing policy and regulatory framework  Level of awareness of CSR  Structure of policy making (central v. regional and local responsibilities)  Level of institutionalisation of stakeholder engagement  Economic/sectoral structure (e.g. predominance of SMEs or micro-companies; prevalence of stated owned companies; exposure to international trade etc.)  Economic development/impact of the crisis

7 Horizontal ‘content’ priorities in most Member States (1)  Awareness raising aimed at consumers and businesses – through websites, campaigns and awards  Support for SMEs to develop CSR approaches – through guidance, project funding, advisory services  Alignment with international standards - e.g. through national interpretation and guidance on Global Standards  Sustainable public procurement – through policies, guidance and good practice learning

8 Horizontal ‘content’ priorities in most Member States (2)  Initiatives on reporting and disclosure – legislative or voluntary  Responsible supply chain management (in light of recent events, but mainly in countries with significant exposure to globalisation) – usually in line with international standards  CSR in education and training – development of curricula, particularly for managers  CSR actions to help tackle climate change  CSR in the field of social policy – e.g. actions to support the integration of disadvantaged groups such as young people

9 National priority setting: some examples Italy: Focus on national and regional level Increasing culture of CSR among citizens, businesses and wider community; supporting enterprises in adopting CSR principles and enhancing market reward for CSR; transparency and reporting; promoting CSR through international instruments Germany: Awareness raising and capacity building particularly in SMEs; CSR award and other dissemination activities; CSR in education, training and science; CSR in international/development policy context; CSR in meeting broader societal challenges; CSR friendly environment Bulgaria: Awareness raising; capacity building; institutional co- ordination; reporting; environmental initiatives

10 Vertical ‘content’ priorities of a more limited number of Member States  Sectoral approaches to CSR (e.g. mining) and sectoral risk analysis  Socially responsible investment  Financial obligation and anti-corruption measures

11 Common ‘process’ themes: Engaging with NGOs and other stakeholders  Capacity building and involvement of NGOs  Important role of NGOs in verification and monitoring  How to respect and ensure independence of NGOs while engaging them in these processes?  How to balance contact with institutionalised stakeholders with contact with grassroots  Organisation of ongoing engagement

12 Common ‘process’ themes: Balance between government driven and business owned CSR approaches  Many countries emphasise importance of CSR being business owned  Role of government in fostering CSR development (though policy, guidance or regulation)  Making the business case for CSR to be at the heart of competitiveness policy (rather than ‘charity’ or ‘add on’) – in some countries CSR portfolio moved from Employment to Competitiveness/Business Departments  Harnessing ‘business to business support’

13 Common ‘process’ themes: Broader awareness raising  Raising awareness of the importance and added value of CSR (particularly in countries where CSR priorities are emerging more recently)  ‘Making the business case’  ‘Raising demand’ for CSR among customers

14 Draft structure of Compendium  Introduction  Developments in CSR policy in the EU  National CSR priorities  Alignment with Global CSR Approaches  Human Rights and Responsible Supply Chain Management  Sustainable Public Procurement  Socially Responsible Investment  Financial Obligation and Anti-corruption  CSR Reporting and Disclosure  CSR in SMEs  CSR approaches to Tackling Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability  Social Policies  CSR in Education and Training  Consumer Awareness and Responsible Business Promotion  Annex with country by country overview of key initiatives under these headings

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