Enhancement of regional competitiveness through Corporate Social Responsibility measures
Recent research has shown a strong link between national Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) factors and the level of innovativeness in a country. In Poland the CSR concept is relatively new and has not been incorporated in the enterprises’ development policy yet. Through capacity building in the field of CSR, assistance on implementation of CSR solutions and dissemination of best practices, this project aims at increasing the competitiveness and innovativeness of the economy and to improve employment conditions, social and ecological involvement in Poland.
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Promotion de l’économie privée
Promotion des exportations pour les PME
The direct beneficiaries will be the Regional Investor and Trade Centres (COIEs), the Regional Authorities (RAs), Polish SMEs, non-profit organizations supporting business and trade and the Polish population.
In the post-communist Central and Eastern Europe, environmental and social concerns have long tended to receive less attention than the significant economic challenges associated with the transition to market economy. However, CSR awareness and implementation in the region are advancing rapidly. In Poland, the CSR concept is relatively new and has not been incorporated in the enterprises’ development policy yet. The 2006 research "Responsible Competitiveness in Europe - Enhancing European Competitiveness through Corporate Responsibility" shows that the national CSR factor and the level of innovativeness in a country are strictly interdependent. Poland, with the lowest CSR factor, ranks 3rd from the bottom regarding innovativeness. The 2007 research "Accelerating CSR practices in the new EU member states and candidate countries as a vehicle for harmonization, competitiveness, and social cohesion in the EU" placed Poland at the bottom of the list of new EU members regarding CSR implementation.
The Polish Ministry of Regional Development together with the Ministry of Economy have considered the Swiss–Polish Cooperation Programme as an excellent opportunity to enforce CSR agenda among Polish SMEs.
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Numéro du projet: UX-01005.02