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Impact Measurement and Performance Analysis of CSR

Impact Measurement and Performance Analysis of CSR

Objective

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) assumes greater practical significance and political relevance in the EU. A central concern is the extent to which CSR delivers benefits for economies, societies and the environment, providing a business contribution to the EU’s policies for growth, competitiveness, better jobs (Lisbon Strategy) and sustainable development (Gothenburg strategy). By contrast there is little empirical evidence on the impacts of CSR practices on company performance and the wider economy, or the social and environmental fabric of Europe, its nations and regions. There are no widely applied tools and methods that provide valid and representative assessments of the impacts of CSR. The IMPACT project addresses these gaps in knowledge. The project uses a common conceptual framework to develop and apply tools that enable assessment and comparison of CSR impacts – at micro (company), meso (sectoral and regional) and macro levels (nations states and EU). Indicators will be developed to assess the contribution of CSR impacts on EU policy objectives, for growth, competitiveness (including innovation), quality of jobs and environmental sustainability. A large-scale inter- and transdisciplinary empirical investigation will be carried out using four complementary methods: econometric analysis, company case studies, an analysis of different company and industrial networks and a Delphi study. All studies focus on five sectors important across the EU-27. The results will be synthesised and triangulated with each other. A foresight study will estimate ex ante future impacts of CSR. Recommendations will be addressed to policy-makers, especially those dealing with the CSR and the Lisbon and Gothenburg Strategies, also business leaders, CSR practitioners, civil society and the research and education community. Outputs include a handbook on CSR impact assessment tools, a comprehensive description of European CSR impacts to date and policy recommendations.

Coordinator

OEKO-INSTITUT E.V. - INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE OEKOLOGIE

Address

Merzhauser Strasse 173
79100 Freiburg

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 461 681,31

Administrative Contact

Regine Barth (Ms.)

Participants (17)

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ABIS - THE ACADEMY OF BUSINESS IN SOCIETY

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 203 388

COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 111 213

STICHTING CENTERDATA

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 106 875

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 24 420

CEU Uzleti Kar Kozhasznu Nonprofit Korlatolt Felelossegu Tarsasag

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 1 830,78

AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 163 083,84

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 233 755,98

UNIVERSIDAD DE NAVARRA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 57 423

INSTITUT EUROPEEN D ADMINISTRATION DES AFFAIRES

France

EU Contribution

€ 61 772,25

ISOE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 112 530

AKADEMIA LEONA KOZMINSKIEGO

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 45 924,75

MIP - CONSORZIO PER L'INNOVAZIONE NELLA GESTIONE DELLE IMPRESE E DELLA PUBBLICA AMMINISTRAZIONE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 116 966,40

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT BRABANT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 251 458,76

WIRTSCHAFTSUNIVERSITAT WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 226 908

ZEW - LEIBNIZ-ZENTRUM FUR EUROPAISCHE WIRTSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG GMBH MANNHEIM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 176 412

VLERICK BUSINESS SCHOOL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 158 048,71

KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 86 282,22

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244618

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2010

  • End date

    31 July 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 328 791,98

  • EU contribution

    € 2 599 974

Coordinated by:

OEKO-INSTITUT E.V. - INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE OEKOLOGIE

Germany