Methodology and Online Tool for assessing the impact of CSR on SME competitiveness

Project information

Index: 1009R4
Acronym:COGITA
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location Start/End date of the practice
Start: 01/04/2012
End: 30/06/2012

Topic of the practice

Tool to provide support to SMEs for: i) assessing their CSR maturity level in terms of four CSR areas (community, workplace, environment, marketplace), ii) assessing the impact of CSR actions, before and after their implementation, on SME competitiveness. This GP has been developed within a ERDF funded project (MED programme), so the location is currently in 8 MED countries.

Good Practice Information

The tool was developed by Responsible MED project to provide support to SMEs for:
i) assessing their CSR maturity level in terms of four CSR areas (community, workplace, environment, marketplace),
ii) assessing the impact of CSR actions, before and after their implementation, on SME competitiveness.
4 CSR areas (community, workplace, environment, marketplace) are used to assess the CSR maturity
of the SME. The tool provides support towards selection /implementation of CSR actions that can be incorporated in their corporate strategy and contribute to its enhanced competitiveness. The logic of the tool is aligned with the integrated CSR concept, as users (SMEs) can consider actions addressing all CSR categories and assess performance various CSR actions on all competitiveness dimensions.

Evidence of success

The usefulness and ease of use of the Tool has been evaluated by 108 companies in 8 MED regions, who provided largely positive feedback. The high degree of acceptance during the evaluation stage shows that it can contribute to increasing SME awareness of their CSR maturity level and can increase their capacity in developing and implementing CSR actions that contribute to their competitiveness.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Giuseppina de Lorenzo

Region of Tuscany (Lead Partner of Responsible Med project)

giuseppina.delorenzo@regione.toscana.it

www.regione.toscana.it

Annex completed on: 02-07-2013

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