Topic of the practice
Impresa Etica is a triple-bottom line standard for SMEs committing to manage CSR. Impresa Etica is also a label that SMEs can display to communicate their engagement in continuous improvement. Impresa Etica is supported by guidelines that support SMEs in building their capacity to manage their CSR and by a monitoring system(participated by stakeholders) that ensures overall credibility.
Good Practice Information
Impresa Etica is a triple-bottom set of criteria for SMEs committing to manage their CSR and a label that SMEs can display to communicate their engagement in continuous improvement. Impresa Eticameans that an SME has assessed its approach, identified improvement areas and has a plan in place. Impresa Etica is supported by guidelines supporting SMEs to build their CSR management capacity.
The consistency of SME behaviour is monitored by on-field audits (carried out in the 20% of the SMEs) and continuous monitoring by stakeholders (ton-line tool for stakeholder feedback).
Impresa Etica is specifically designed for SMEs, taking into account their management capacity, limited financial resources, connection to local communities and direct relationship between management and workforce.
Evidence of success
In May 2012 41 SMEs belonged to Impresa Etica (others have applied). In 2010 Impresa Etica was included in the Protocol for an Ethical Code on Employment Conditions and Workplace Safety as a flagship initiative for its contribution to building SME capacity in CSR. In 2007 it was included in the Leonardo da Vinci project ORIENTEDD, to develop a curricula for 60 enterprises (IT, FR, HU, CH, SE).
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Annex completed on: 05-29-2012