This compendium is partly the result of seven peer reviews on corporate social responsibility (CSR) that took place in 2013 between EU Member State ministries. It provides an update on the actions taken by EU Member States since the publication of the 2011 Communication on CSR. Some of the most common approaches as well as good practices are highlighted in a series of thematic sections, relating to different parts of CSR policy. There is a substantial annex on initiatives taken Member State-by-Member State.
This publication is available in electronic format in English.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a well-established concept within the EU agenda, and although complex, influences a number of policy areas. This compendium of national public CSR policies in the EU identifies eight topics which reflect current CSR priorities and trends. Sections are included on socially responsible supply chain management, reporting and disclosure, and further chapters explore the potential of CSR in areas such as climate change, small and medium-sized enterprises, socially responsible investment, education and public procurement. This document provides a timely update on main Member State CSR priorities and will inform the Commission's future work. This publication is available in printed format in English, French and German.
Public procurement accounts for about 17% of EU gross domestic product. Its leverage in areas such as social policy is thus considerable. With its Guide to Taking Account of Social Considerations in Public Procurement, the European Commission aims to capitalise on this by (a) raising contracting authorities' awareness on the benefits of opting for goods and services delivering good social outcomes and (b) explaining the opportunities offered by the existing EU legal framework to take into account social considerations in public procurement. The Guide defines socially responsible public procurement (SRPP) before explaining its benefits. It looks at SRPP in relation to the EU social model and the legal and policy approach to the subject in the Union. The Guide also elaborates an SRPP strategy and explains how to identify needs and plan procurement procedures. The Guide also explains from a legal perspective, how social considerations may be addressed at the different stages of the procurement process (from defining technical specifications and selection criteria, to awarding contracts and monitoring subsequent performance). National examples are provided to illustrate different steps within the process.
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The idea of this second compendium is to map out CSR policies across the 27 Member States of the European Union. It shows that public policies on this issue evolve rapidly as CSR is an innovative and flexible means to address some of the current challenges facing European societies. It is available in English, French and German.