Fabian Demicoli

GRTU at EuroCommerce CSR Conference

Last Wednesday President Paul Abela and Director General Vincent Farrugia attended a conference organised by EuroCommerce in Brussels entitled "Corporate Social Responsibility in commerce – can commerce companies make the difference?" during the conference EuroCommerce launched a new internet platform on CSR.

 

Companies in commerce have a long tradition of initiating, developing and integrating responsible practices. Some 150 different voluntary initiatives are showcased on the new website, http://www.csr-in-commerce.eu/.

These initiatives range from working conditions, human rights protection and products to health and safety issues as well as social involvement. In addition, users can find general information on this website about the CSR activities of EuroCommerce members, news and events section, a document library and a stakeholder forum.

This "CSR in commerce" internet platform is part of the response of the commerce sector to the last European Commission communication on CSR of 2006, which called upon business to deliver tangible results. 

EuroCommerce Secretary General, Xavier R. Durieu, said: "The number, variety and innovative aspects of the CSR initiatives presented on this new internet platform are a clear sign of the commitment and engagement of commerce companies and associations across Europe. It is the voluntary nature of these measures that allows for so much creativity and diversity. The European Commission has until now supported the voluntary nature of CSR and I call upon the Commission to maintain this approach in the future."

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