Measuring CSR impact and performance

News of a project measuring CSR impact and performance… http://www.csr-impact.eu/

Impact Measurement and Performance Analysis of CSR

In the EU, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been defined as the voluntary contribution of business to competitiveness, social cohesion, and environmental stewardship. Yet the actual value of CSR in tackling these challenges is still contested.

Research on CSR so far concentrated on assessing the benefits for and within companies. But what benefits and impacts does CSR actually bring beyond company borders to the economy and society at large? How can managers, policy makers and stakeholders better measure and evaluate its impacts? What does this mean for smart mixes of public policies and corporate strategy?

From March 2010 until March 2013, the IMPACT project – “Impact Measurement and Performance Analysis of CSR” – will break new ground in addressing these questions.

Consisting of a consortium of 16 European research institutions, combining independent sustainability research, business schools, Universities and CSR networks, the IMPACT project aims to:

  • Systematically measure the impact of CSR on social, economic and environmental goals of the European Union
  • Provide insights on corporate and institutional factors that drive the creation of CSR impact
  • Develop and test methods to assess CSR impact and provide recommendations on how to improve them

IMPACT is funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme for Research FP7/2007-2013 under grant agreement n° 244618. It is the European Commission’s largest ever research and knowledge development initiative on CSR.

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