Title Corporate Sustainability Information and Training in Europe
Project Number 510543-LLP-1-2010-1-SI-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text The CSI project will provide a practical guidance, enabling SMEs to implement theory in practice regarding the corporate sustainability, using innovative and user-friendly educational approaches.
There is a growing recognition around the world, seeing SMEs as a challenge in sustainability debate. SMEs have been seen as subjects unconcerned by environmental and social issues. The EC has published a report “Opportunity and Responsibility: How to help SMEs to integrate social and environmental issues into what they do”. The report is clear about education and training: “Attention should be given to the integration of SR into relevant education/training for SMEs”. There is evidence that entrepreneurs lack for additional knowledge and practice of SR. ISO decided to launch standard providing guidelines for social responsibility (SR) (ISO 26000) and will be published in 2010.
This project addresses the need for training and education of entrepreneurs on the Social Responsibility. A will situation analysis, in order to get more in-depth view into the SMEs activities in the field of SR, will be carried out allowing the determination of their actual needs. A training product oriented towards SMEs, based on ISO 26000 guidance, will be developed. Therefore, a web based learning platform for SMEs and other stakeholders is to be developed, providing materials for self study, exercises and case studies. Pilot studies (case studies) of the learning product usage in various sectors across Europe and evaluate its impacts on SMEs sustainability issues are to be carried out.
The project will enable SMEs in various sectors to assess their own performance, share best practices and case studies, build relationships with other entrepreneurs across Europe. This will lead to more effective and efficient services being provided to society and industry as SMEs will seek to improve their activities. Simultaneously, quality of their lifelong learning provision and other related services will be improved. Funding bodies will be provided by a tool to understand and improve the integration of the sustainability, rewarding social, environmental and economic improvements, and rectifying lower standards.
Description The project aims at encouraging SMEs to incorporate SR into their business practice by offering support and practical guidance and by developing innovative approaches enabling the implementation of the new standard. The first step will be to conduct some preliminary research to identify the existing practices and to determine current needs and problems. On the basis of the results, the consortium will be able to tailor the envisaged content of training measures to the actual needs of the main target group. By comparing the outcomes with best practices, the analysis will help to create an in-depth understanding of best practices in long-term (the corporate sector, stakeholders and policy makers) and short-term target groups (owners, managers and staff). These groups will be reached through dissemination and learning measures and by pilot, evaluation and adaptation activities. The most important dissemination tool will be the web-based learning platform with materials for self-evaluation, self-education and case studies. The platform will not only increase the awareness of SR and promote the implementation of the standard, but also serve as a place for exchanging ideas, experiences and best practices (even beyond the lifetime of the project). Face-to-face training opportunities, such as different workshops conducted within the framework of the project, will equip entrepreneurs and their staff with knowledge and skills required for a successful implementation of the ISO 26000 standard.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Other Service Activities
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
material for open learning
open and distance learning
Product information A web-based learning platform, regarding the Corporate Sustainability are to be developed. An easy to maintain and easy to adjust web-platform for trainers and training participants will support the attendance training by providing additional materials for self study, exercises and case studies (fostering the use of modern communication and training opportunities).