European Parliament adopts final position on CSR Communication

On 13 May, MEPs voted on the report of Philip Bushill-Matthews on the Commission’s July 2002 Communication concerning Corporate Social Responsibility. In its resolution, the Parliament complains that “the Commission Communication was effectively written before the Parliament’s response to the Green Paper had been absorbed” and reiterates its determination to remain part of the discussion process.

Following the vote on 24 April in the Employment and Social
Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (see also
), the Parliament's own-initiative
report on the Commission's Communication on CSR was discussed on 13
May 2003.

In its position on the above Communication, the
Parliament welcomes the establishment of the EU Multi-Stakeholder
Forum on CSR as an autonomous group run by its members, which aims
to recognise the diversity of CSR approaches when considering how
to facilitate convergence. As regards practical proposals, the
Parliament recommends that:

  • the Forum should specifically address the needs and nature of
    SMEs to be considered horizontally across the work of each of the
    Round Tables;
  • the Round Table meetings, and especially the November 2003
    Forum meeting, should be available live via webcast in the interest
    of transparency and that the minutes of each Round Table should be
    posted on the web as soon as signed off by the individual
  • the papers presented to Round Table meetings by the Commission
    be sent simultaneously to the Parliament;
  • the environmental, development, enterprise and social aspects
    of CSR be treated with equal emphasis.


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