Presentation on theme: "The European Commission's Approach to Responsible Business: Towards a 2016-2020 strategy on Corporate Social Responsibility."— Presentation transcript:
1 The European Commission's Approach to Responsible Business: Towards a strategy on Corporate Social Responsibility
2 Giuseppe Cacciato, Senior Adviser, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Policy areas (current):CSR, Tourism, Service Industries;Policy areas (past):Completion of the Single Market;Competition;Consumer Protection;Toy Safety;Trade Agreements
3 'It' easier to break an atom than a prejudice' Albert Einstein :'It' easier to break an atom than a prejudice'
4 Why Corporate Social Responsibility? European citizens do not feel informed about what companies do to manage their social and environmental impactsInfluential factor in strengthening the competitiveness and growth of European companiesImportant for the European economy, CSR contributes to sustainable long-term economic growth, job creation and community engagement
5 The EC's Understanding of CSR EC definition of CSR: The responsibility of enterprises for their impacts on societyDefinition consistent and designed according to global instruments addressing responsible businessPositive and negative influences on society; all enterprises have impacts, all have a social responsibilityLegal compliance is a pre-requisite to being responsibleProcess of integrating social, environmental, ethical, consumer and human rights concerns into business strategy and operations, in cooperation with stakeholders
6 Internationally Recognised CSR Guidelines and Principles
7 Cooperation Across the European Commission and EU Institutions EEAS, Business and Human RightsDG TradeDG Employment and Social AffairsDG Development and CooperationDG JusticeSeveral other DGs - CNCT, ENV, etc.
8 The Approach of the European Commission Our 2011 – 2014 strategy
9 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) , 2011-2014 EC Communication onCorporate Social Responsibility (CSR) ,AGENDA FOR ACTIONEnhancing visibility (Multi-stakeholder sector- based platforms, and award scheme for enterprise-stakeholder partnerships)Improve and tracking levels of trust in business (consider measures on green washing, and surveys of citizen perceptions)Code of good practice for self- and co- regulationEnhancing market reward for CSR (consumption, investment, public procurement)Legislative proposal on company disclosure of social and environmental informationCSR in education, training and researchImportance of national and sub-national CSR policiesBetter alignment of European and global approaches on CSR
10 Activities: Guiding Material for Enterprises and the Public For SMEs (My Business and Human Rights)Five SME case studiesSector guidance notes (ICT, Oil & Gas, Employment & Recruitment Agencies)Corporate Social - Responsibility National Public Policies in the European Union - Compendium 2014
11 Activities: National Action Plans on CSR / Business and Human Rights The EU has endorsed the UN Guiding Principles in its 2011 CSR strategy and has made a commitment to support their implementation.National Action Plans are designed and driven by EU MS themselves, according to individual needs and specificities (NAP on CSR, B&HR, etc.)
12 Reviewing our 2011 CSR strategy A year of review, consultation, stock-taking, preparation 20142016Preparation of the Staff Working Document on the UN GuidingPrinciples on Businessand Human Rights (Dec. 2014)New Commission strategy on Corporate Social Responsibility (tbc., Q1 2016)Plenary meeting of the Multi-Stakeholder Forum – 450 participants, Charlemagne (3 - 4 February 2015)Public consultation on the Commission's CSR achievements, shortcoming and future challenges(29 April – 15 August)Technical Report with the results of the Public Consultation (Nov. 2014)Q3 2014Q4 2014Q1 2015Q1 201612
14 Directive on Non-Financial Information Reporting New disclosure rules for companies above 500 employees to report on non-financial information in their management reports – including human rightsCompanies concerned will need to disclose information on policies, risks and outcomes as regards environmental matters, social and employee-related aspectsRespect for human rights, anti-corruption. bribery issues, and diversity key features of the directive
15 Procurement – New Provisions Regarding Social, Environmental Concerns New procurement rules were adopted in January 2014 by the EP and CouncilSocial, labour and environmental concerns were included in the following areas:Award decisions (Art. 54 (2))Exclusion grounds (Art. 55)Rejection of a tender (Art. 69 (4))Conditions for the performance ofcontracts (Art. 70)