Centre for Innovation and Economic Development of Forli-Cesena
Topic of the practice
Initiatives for sustainable development within the challenges and opportunities of globalization of economic systems
Good Practice Information
CISE is the Special Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Forlì-Cesena. The mission of CISE is to implement initiatives aimed at promoting the global competition of local companies acting in areas that are considered functional to these purposes including the innovation of products and processes and the conscious use of ICT tools. CISE carries out projects and initiatives for sustainable development within the view of the challenges and opportunities of globalization of economic systems. CISE is also active in the field of CSR certification, CSR training and it participate in European Projects.
The main topic of this best practice is the support provided to local businesses for innovative and sustainable development and economic enforcement. CISE has identified the management of corporate social responsibility as an essential aspect of sustainable development. In particular, the dissemination of the principles and tools for the management of the social responsibility of organizations has been developed with projects in the direction of transparency with respect to the stakeholders, certification systems and CSR in SMEs.
CISE pay very high attention to the dissemination of CSR principles and tools in terms of accountability with the activities of certification and accreditation and in terms of training courses and promotion activities. CISE is involved in the assignment of the brand “Ethical business”. This is the brand for organizations that want to express their commitment to sustainable development and social responsibility, in a non-self-referential and transparent way, through a consistent enterprise management, which transmits values and builds trust.The brand “Ethical business” helps organizations with the expected requirements to increase their visibility, to improve the conditions of workers and environmental impact, to promote a virtuous interaction between business and local territory. CISE and the Chamber of Commerce of Forlì-Cesena set up an information point on corporate social responsibility in collaboration with the Network Work Ethics.
Evidence of success
Considering that CISE is a local agency supporting SMEs in adopting CSR principles and disseminating CSR key values, the evidence of its success can be found in the increasingly active role it plays in the local context, in the number of initiatives CISE is involved in (particularly training courses about environmental issues, certification and accreditation fields, CSR tools and strategies) and in the increasingly strong relationships with local bodies such as the Region Emilia Romagna, local Chambers of Commerce and local authorities.
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