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Tuscany Region and corporate social responsibility: Fabrica Ethica SMEs and Entrepreneurship – Successful Local Strategies Porto, 6 December 2007.

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1 Tuscany Region and corporate social responsibility: Fabrica Ethica SMEs and Entrepreneurship – Successful Local Strategies Porto, 6 December 2007

2 Tuscan SMEs are highly concentrated on territory: 12 clusters specialized on specific areas Fashion: Texile, Clothing, Shoes, Leather, Jewelry Paper Design: marble, Forniture Carrara Marble Santa Croce Leather, Shoes Castelfiorentino Leather, Shoes Poggibonsi Wood, furniture Capannori Paper Valdinievole Leather, Shoes Prato Texile, Clothing Valdarno superiore Leather, Shoes Empoli Texile, Clothing Arezzo Jewelry Casentino- Valtiberina Texile, Clothing Tuscan industrial clusters

3 A ccording to Lisbon Objectives and in order to reposition its industrial clusters and to reinforce its international competitiveness, the regional government of Tuscany has placed a strong emphasis on the promotion of innovation, including the development of technology and knowledge necessary for sustainable development. CSR has been regarded as an strategic aspect of such innovation and in general of its economic policies. Fabrica Ethica project: the premises

4 These are the premises of Fabrica Ethica programme, that since 2001 supports an economic system that could fine tune development with the well-being of the territory, social cohesion and inclusion.

5 Based on its experience Tuscany has included CSR in its revised Region Statute and approved Regional Law n. 17/2006.

6 Definition of CSR in the Regional law n. 17 Tuscany Region recognises CSR as a voluntary process that, throughout continuous improvements, ensures the implementation of human, labour and social rights: –Inside the organisation –Along its supply chain (social traceability)

7 Regional actions to mainstream CSR – the process 1.Public grants; 2.Communication and information initiatives; 3.Stakeholder engagement: the Regional Ethical Committee;

8 In 2002 Tuscany published calls for proposals regarding grants for SMEs that achieve SA8000 certification, together with other management system certifications (ISO 9001, ISO14001, EMAS regulation, Ecolabel). 1. Public grants

9 Why SA8000? It is the only international management system based on ILO and Un regulations It assures suppliers involvement: social traceability Transparency and no self-regulation: certification is related to external and independent audits that involve also suppliers Stakeholder engagement: all stakeholders can give suggestions and communication regarding enterprises behavior

10 In Tuscany there are 186 certified enterprises (32% of the Italian certified, and 14% of the world certified). A fiscal reduction of regional tax is granted for SA8000 certificated SMEs

11 SA8000 distribution

12 2. Communication and information initiatives internet site conferences, workshops, public initiatives pubblications, social communication campaign (video clip and radio ads.) …

13 web site provides to all social players updates on the international, national and regional political debate, development of the on- going projects. 1 million contacts per year.

14 Guide for ethical and responsible consumption, supported by Fabrica Ethica

15 PUBLIC ADV I will be the factory of the world

16 SA8000 application in Tuscany. Survey on the first application of SA8000 standard in the Tuscan SMEs

17 Justice & Development – social responsibility: delocalization and human rights CSR in textile and clothes. Retailers role and social dialogue.

18 Conferences and workshops Public desks operators Internationalization desks operators Entrepreneurs Public administrators Teachers and students

19 Post- graduate course in partnership with University of Florence 90 hours lessons Business ethics; International and national laws; Management systems; Social and environmental reports; Stakeholders engagement; Ethical finance and rating; Best practices and business cases.

20 Students and CSR Tuscany and Fabrica Ethica aim to involve students in CSR, from elementary school all the way to university As consumers, students already play a role in economy and industry As future employees and employers, they can benefit from an early education in good CSR practice Fabrica Ethica invites students to examine and visit socially responsible enterprises and their supply chains Students develop their own projects on CSR, applied at school Italian Universities are becoming increasingly involved in CSR


22 3. Stakeholder engagement: the Regional Ethical Committee composition -local and national authorities; -chambers of commerce; -business associations of all economic sectors; -trade unions; -NGOs and non-profit networks, consumers, environment associations; -universities; -banks; -equal opportunities regional institutions;

23 Regional Ethical Commission is a multistakeholder forum acting as an advisory board that receive, share and discuss ideas and proposals from all components, aimed at spreading CSR principles across the regional economic system.

24 Ethical Commission Initiatives FELAFIP, the Ethical Workshop for the Leather Industry was devised to elaborate and divulge the culture of social responsibility across leather and tannery sectors. Its founders are convinced that a territorys economic development is impossible without a strong multistakeholder partnership SMOAT, the Tuscan Oriented and Assisted Micro-credit System: aimed at facilitating access to finance for non- bankable subjects: private citizens who cannot offer real guarantees to obtain loans to start up businesses. Projects have been launched to assist financing of business projects presented by women and young people

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