How to integrate adapted CSR policies in SMEs?
September 17 2012 - Radisson Blu Hotel, Brussels
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In a drive to boost economic competitiveness, health and social harmony, governments are keen to join forces with the corporate sector and the labour market to come up with solutions aimed at satisfying workers’ needs and improving people’s quality of life.
In that context, new concepts such as human capital, social responsibility and sustainable development have appeared, a sign of companies’ increasing interest in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Human Resources (HR).
Based on the European Commission definition of CSR: “A concept whereby companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations and in their interaction with their stakeholders on a voluntary basis”, the debate will evaluate
- The growing aspirations of companies to become actors of social and environmental development, and;
- The best ways to encourage employers, irrespective of company size, to develop programmes and policies they can present to their employees.
This is the first breakfast meeting organised within the framework of the cycle of debates “CSR and HR: policy complementarities within companies”.
The upcoming session will focus on:
- Employers’ responsibilities vis-à-vis their employees in matters of HR and CSR
- How to support and encourage more SMEs to engage in CSR: European framework and best practices
- The main challenges for the years to come (employees’ empowerment, close relations with local communities and business partners, etc.)
To address these questions three speakers will present their views and recent works:
Stefan Crets is Executive Director of CSR Europe, the European platform for companies and stakeholders to exchange and cooperate to become European leaders in sustainable competitiveness and societal wellbeing. From 2002 onwards, Stefan worked as the CSR leader at Toyota Europe where he developed and implemented a new strategy which informed Toyota's worldwide approach. In 2008, Stefan was appointed General Manager for Corporate Planning and CSR, Toyota Europe.
Prior to his experiences at Toyota, he was Programme Advisor at the King Baudouin Foundation, and started his professional career as a research academic at the University of Antwerp.
Stefan’s deep knowledge of corporate sustainability challenges brings CSR Europe firsthand experience of developing CSR strategy and practice in a company.
Jean-Pascal Arnaud has developed his experience in Human Resources management in many international groups (Hoechst, Schlumberger, Johnson & Johnson, Chantelle ...).
He is an independent consultant today and accompanies companies and consultancies in the areas of HR strategy and development, communication and more recently in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and sustainable development. Jean-Pascal Arnaud gives lectures in different masters (ESSEC, CNAM ...). Since 2011 he is Secretary General of the Club EChr (European Club for human resources). He is the author of numerous articles and the book "RH Fiction et Réalités" (with Patrick Bouvard / 2006 Editions d'Organisation).
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Currently, Ajnacska B.Nagy is a Project officer in the CSR Team of DG Enterprise and Industry at the European Commission.
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