The European Commission's strategy on CSR 2011-2014: achievements, shortcomings and future challenges - Public Survey

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About this consultation

The European Commission (EC) has launched this public consultation survey to gather feedback on the implementation of its most recent policy on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), outlined in the Communication “A renewed EU strategy 2011-14 for Corporate Social Responsibility” (COM(2011) 681). Specifically, it seeks comments on achievements, shortcomings and future challenges.

The results will be summarised in a technical report and further inform the preparation of the plenary meeting of the multi-stakeholder forum on CSR, which is planned for November 2014. These two events will provide the most essential input for the EC’s work on the direction of its CSR policy after 2014.

Please send us your comments on the EC’s consultation survey questions to consultation@iosh.co.uk by 12 August 2014.

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Consultation questions

Note: these are designed as survey questions and the online form has specific reply options for respondents to select.

3 The role of the Commission in CSR

3.1 Please indicate whether you think that the Commission should engage in a policy on CSR?

3.2 Please indicate whether you think that the Commission puts adequate emphasis on CSR?

3.3 To date, who would you say have been the most important actors in promoting CSR?

4 About the Commission's activities in CSR

4.1 How would you assess the overall impact of the Commission’s policy on CSR?

4.2 What would you say has been the most important contribution of the CSR Communication (COM(2011) 681)?

4.3 In the 2011 CSR Communication (COM(2011) 681), the Commission outlined an agenda for action which includes eight priority work streams. Regarding the topics of this agenda for action, please assess the activity streams according to importance:

1. Enhancing the visibility of CSR and disseminating good practices (see European CSR awards, multi-stakeholder platforms)
2. Improving and tracking levels of trust in business
3. Improving self-and co-regulation processes
4. Enhancing market reward for CSR:
A. Consumption
B. Public Procurement
C. Investment

5. Improving company disclosure of social and environmental information
6. Further integrating CSR into education, training and research
7. Emphasising the importance of national and sub-national CSR policies
8. Better aligning European and global approaches to CSR:
A. Focusing on internationally recognised CSR principles and guidelines
B. Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
C. Emphasising CSR in relations with other countries and regions in the world

4.4 In the 2011 CSR Communication (COM(2011) 681), the Commission outlined an agenda for action which includes eight priority work streams. Please indicate if you believe that the Commission was successful with the implementation of these activities or not.

1. Enhancing the visibility of CSR and disseminating good practices (see European CSR awards, multi-stakeholder platforms)
2. Improving and tracking levels of trust in business
3. Improving self-and co-regulation processes
4. Enhancing market reward for CSR:
A. Consumption
B. Public Procurement
C. Investment

5. Improving company disclosure of social and environmental information
6. Further integrating CSR into education, training and research
7. Emphasising the importance of national and sub-national CSR policies
8. Better aligning European and global approaches to CSR:
A. Focusing on internationally recognised CSR principles and guidelines
B. Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
C. Emphasising CSR in relations with other countries and regions in the world

4.5 Were there any shortcomings or activities missing in the agenda for action of the 2011 CSR Communication (COM(2011) 681)?

4.6 Outside the agenda for action, do you think CSR gave an important impetus for other policy initiatives? If so, which ones

4.7 Do you think that there were other initiatives with an impact on CSR?

5 Future issues on CSR

5.1 What would you say should be the role of the Commission in CSR?

5.2 For the future EU policy on CSR, what would you suggest should be the main objectives?

Please rank your top-5 priorities (1 = highest, 5 = lowest)

To achieve an international global level playing field, through e.g. third country cooperation, engagement in international fora etc.

  • To raise the visibility and importance of CSR amongst all societal actors
  • To implement the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights
  • To support companies in adhering to CSR principles, e.g. through guiding material
  • To promote transparency measures on CSR (e.g. reporting, sustainable responsible investment etc.)
  • To enhance market reward for CSR (e.g. through public procurement, investment or consumer policies)
  • To work on better education on CSR (business schools, universities, etc.)
  • To strengthen the cooperation with EU member states and regions on CSR
  • Other, please specify

5.3 What would you say are the main challenges for an EU policy on CSR in the future?

5.4 Please indicate whether you would say that CSR has an important impact on the medium/long-term competitiveness of the EU economy?

5.5 Please indicate whether you would say that CSR has an important impact on the sustainability of the EU economy as a whole?

5.6 Why would you say that CSR is important for companies?

5.7 Why would you say that CSR is important for society?

IOSH members wishing to also respond directly to the European Commission should visit here by 15 August 2014.