Corporate Social Responsibility looks different from country to country.
In some EU Member states the concept is well established and there is a high level of enterprise awareness supported by effective public policies to promote CSR.
In other European countries, the awareness and development of corporate social responsibility is much less advanced.
In 2011 the European Commission published a compendium of public CSR policies in the EU which gives an overview of public policies on CSR in the 27 EU Member States and the European Union.
EU support for CSR in Central and Eastern European countries :
The European Commission (Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs) is supporting the United Nations Development Programme in a project called "Accelerating CSR in New Europe", which will enable the measuring and monitoring of CSR performance in Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia.
The European Commission is also co-financing national multistakeholder platforms for the development of CSR in four countries: Croatia, Estonia, FYROM and Slovakia.
Promotion of CSR and development of CSR network in Croatia
The general objective of this project is to raise level of understanding of the importance of CSR in Croatia, through development of an alliance of the existing CSR activities performed by various organizations and to create joint action that would give added value to these efforts.
- CSR network in Croatia [13 KB]
Promotion of CSR and development of CSR network in Estonia
This project is designed to develop a National CSR Policy for Estonia as well as to build the capacity of businesses and governmental institutions on CSR and recognise outstanding companies in the field through a nationwide Corporate Responsibility Index.
- CSR network in Estonia [51 KB]
Promotion of CSR and development of CSR network in FYROM
The project purpose is support to the mainstreaming of CSR related practices and policies within different stakeholders in FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), through implementation of the measures and activities foreseen in the National Agenda on CSR.
The project will promote and reinforce the national multi-stakeholder dialogue on CSR, exchange of ideas and experiences on CSR practices develop capacity of National CSR body and encourage uptake of CSR practices in all sectors.
- CSR network in FYROM [2 MB]
Promotion of CSR and development of CSR network in Slovakia
The main objective of this project is to contribute to increasing competitiveness and sustainability of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Slovakia through implementation of CSR practices.
- CSR network in Slovakia [87 KB]