CSR – All quiet on the EU front?
Publication in the late spring of the Multi-Stakeholder Forum Report, led to expectation of further development of the European CSR Agenda. However with a changing of the guard at the European Commission and at the European Parliament for the 2004-2009 term of office, work on developing new EU level CSR initiatives is on hold.
What does this mean for the CSR
A Communication on CSR Policy previously due this year has now been postponed until next Spring, to allow the incoming Commissioners a fresh look at the subject. But, we can expect things to get under way from next month onwards, as soon as the new Commissioners have taken up their appointments.
Within the European Parliament, two of the influential
figures from the last term Richard Howitt (UK) and Philip Bushill-Matthews
(UK) have been re-elected for the 2004-2009 term and can be expected to
play an important role in
Meantime, a number of events related to CSR are being undertaken. The Directorate General for Enterprise is sponsoring a series of 60 seminars and workshops across all 25 member states as part of a pan-European awareness-raising campaign.
The campaign was launched at a conference held in Brussels
on 12 October ( http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/csr/
TVC’s perspective on the changes.
We asked one of our Brussels team to consider what these developments could mean for CSR Professionals.
These changes may increase the importance of the national level changes now under way, and their potential to impact on Europe’s future agenda.
The clear messages are that:
1. Business has an important
window of opportunity to influence the EU’s agenda.
So the new Commissioners will be receptive to new ideas
- and it is likely that they can be influenced by own initiatives undertaken
by companies. Where businesses wish to be more pro-active in seeking to
influence opinion formers and decision makers at EU level, the next 6
months present an excellent opportunity to raise company profiles, to
reach out to the
At the same time, the receptive environment of a new administration with fresh officials in charge of policy responsibility for CSR, also means that national governments in the process of implementing change could have a major impact on the way that future EU policies for CSR are shaped.
For example, the new requirements of the UK’s
Operating and Financial Review – which go considerably further than
In an environment where the EU Institutions will be
looking to minimise the need for regulatory intervention, and to delegate
responsibility for implementation down to national or regional level,
successful models from individual countries will be
1. Maintaining joined-up
lobbying with the DTI on the implementation of OFR as an integral part
of your company preparations for compliance.
If you would like more information or practical advice,