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Resources

In this page, we suggest you a selection of resources to explore CSR and related topics.

Inclusive Communication

Inclusive language and visuals that recognize and reflect diversity and avoid unconscious bias are a must for a healthy, inclusive work and educational environment. Through the language and visuals we produce, we can help to make sure that no groups of people feel excluded, unwelcome, or discriminated against. 

To read and learn more on this topic we suggest you read a 2018 document by the Council of the European Union – a general Secretariat whose purpose is to provide some guidance on language use and visuals and give examples, based on the use of English, which are relevant to the GSC working environment. 

Inclusive Communication in the GSC


B Impact Assessment

The B Impact Assessment evaluates how a company’s operations and business model impact workers, community, environment, and customers. To obtain the B Corporation certification, a company first needs to complete the B Impact Assessment, which measures the positive impact of the company in areas of governance, workers, community, and environment. Companies that earn a minimum score of 80 out of 200 points undergo an assessment review process, essentially a conference call verifying the claims made in their assessment. It’s a free, confidential impact management tool that can be used as a teaching tool.

Illustration from B Corp


UN Actions for a Healthy Planet

Here are some actions to reduce our impact on the environment suggested by the UN. To learn more, click here.

Illustration: United Nations Department of Global Communications


Statistics for the European
Green Deal

An example of research on Eurostat statistics on the “Generation of waste”

Would you like to learn more about how Europe is doing in terms of the European Green Deal? Access Eurostat interactive visualisation tool for statistics on reducing our climate impactprotecting our planet & health, and enabling a green & just transition. The tool presents an overview of 26 indicators for the EU, the Member States, and EFTA countries. Multiple functionalities are available to tailor the interactive visualization to your needs and interests:

  • Customize your selection of countries and the length of the time series to be displayed
  • Choose between interactive line or bar charts
  • Display indicators using different units of measurement or breakdowns
  • Access underlying source datasets in the Eurostat database by using the links below each visualization
  • Share the tool or customized interactive graphs on social media

The Erasmus+ project results

The Erasmus+ project results platform is a precious resource where you can find inspiration, good practices, and potential partners for developing innovative learning and training activities.

Examples

As an example, we present you with some of the results of the DIVETOUR project: an Erasmus+ project focused on accessibility that enhances the social competencies of students on this specific topic.

On the project website, you find materials for conducting MOOCs, a WebApp for learning by playing, a simulated chatbot that allows the understanding of which information is needed by customers with specific access requirements but also reveals the working mechanisms of artificial intelligence, and, finally, four 360° videos in Virtual Reality.

This is just an example: surf the platform to learn much more!


The EU academy

The EU Academy is an EU-owned online hub containing first-hand knowledge, high-quality educational resources, and valuable insights, directly produced by the EU institutions, for individuals whose work is related to its sphere of action. The aim is to facilitate their easy and smooth understanding and successful implementation of EU policies in a wide array of fields. The mission of the EU Academy is to provide a modern and engaging learning environment that can foster and improve the quality of the application of knowledge on EU matters in a simple, smart, and inspirational way.


World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) brings together transformational organizations to form a global community that shifts the systems they work within towards a better future. It is a unique network where members learn from other leading companies; interact with the strongest partners and gain access to a one-stop shop for tools and expertise to push their sustainability journey forward.

Explore what it does and its projects at: https://www.wbcsd.org/Overview/Our-approach 


United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) 

The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is a voluntary initiative that asks companies to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. The UNGC offers a variety of resources, including guidance documents, case studies, and tools to help companies implement the ten principles.

Read more on: https://unglobalcompact.org/


Online Courses on edX & Coursera

Both Coursera and edX are popular online learning platforms that offer a wide range of courses in various fields, including on CSR. Although not all them are free, it is still possible to find open source material to enrich your knowledge on CSR principles and updates on the topic. 

https://www.coursera.org/search?query=CSR

https://www.edx.org/search?q=CSR


Empowering global citizens: integrating social responsibility into school education

Read the article on how educational institutions contribute to the development of socially conscious citizens and how teachers can enrich pupils’ understanding of their social responsibilities and abilities (published 12 January 2024 on European School Education Platform)

https://school-education.ec.europa.eu/en/insights/news/empowering-global-citizens


Greenwashing – the deceptive tactics behind environmental claims

Greenwashing presents a significant obstacle to tackling climate change. By misleading the public to believe that a company or other entity is doing more to protect the environment than it is, greenwashing promotes false solutions to the climate crisis that distract from and delay concrete and credible action.

https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/science/climate-issues/greenwashing

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