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The analysis aims at spreading the CSR concept, dealing specifically with social innovation, shared value generation, sustainability and resilience. The study wants to update the regional references investigated during the previous project, integrating the new territories not represented in the first experience. In greater detail, the national policy frameworks promoting CSR have been analyzed in all the partner countries, namely Italy, Germany, Slovenia and Austria, highlighting their main strengths and weaknesses, similarities and differences, thus analyzing the state of the art on the matter across the partnership.
What has emerged is that the analyzed countries stand out on some specific areas where they have effectively implemented CSR-related measures, while being weaker in others, where they should improve.
For example, Italy has a strong focus on implementing and legally regulating forms of business that also pursue non-profit purposes, such as social enterprises and B-Corps (in Italian “Società Benefit”), thus making it a pioneer in the field.
Germany has, on the other hand, a very strong focus on sustainable policies and environment and climate policies. However, when it comes to social impact investment, numerous articles highlight that Germany is still lagging behind and, despite some already existing specialized investment funds, consultants, intermediaries and networks, the topic has not become popular and Germans tend to prefer more standardized ways of investments.
As for Austria, the first major activities in the country on the topic of CSR followed the publication of the EU Green Paper on CSR back in 2001, making it a pioneer in implementing CSR initiatives since the early 2000s, far ahead of other countries.
Slovenia, finally, proved to be particularly strong in the field of education. Considering that the principle of corporate social responsibility appears in all development documents, in Slovenia it has already been introduced in schools, starting from lower levels of education, not much as CSR but more as sustainable development.
The survey also investigates the main updates regarding regulations, strategies, programmatic interventions of the EU in the field of corporate social responsibility and social innovation.
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