2010 - 2015
CSR Europe was founded in 1995 following an appeal by European Commission President Jacques Delors to use company best practices and innovation to address societal challenges and local, European and global level.
CSR Europe is today the lead partner of the European institutions in defining the European CSR agenda and is also a key partner for other stakeholders on CSR and sustainability issues, e.g. through the European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on CSR, and the European Expert Group on the Reporting of Non-Financial Information.
In the context of the EU’s Europe 2020 Strategy, CSR Europe launched the Enterprise 2020 initiative in 2010 which aims to provide the foundation for a better partnership between business and the European institutions, and highlight the contribution that business can make to the EU 2020 goals for building a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. The 2011 EU Communication on CSR praised Enterprise 2020 as “an example of business leadership in the field of CSR that is particularly relevant to the EU policy objectives.”
2015 - Present
On November 16 - 17, 2015, CSR Europe hosted the Enterprise 2020 Summit in Brussels bringing together over 600 high level businesses, EU policy representatives from the European Commission (including Commissioners Thyssen, Navracsics and Bieńkowska) and the European Parliament (including former President Schulz). This Summit served to reinforce CSR Europe’s position as the leading partner of the European institutions in defining the CSR Agenda for Europe, as well as to launch one of CSR Europe’s flagship campaigns: The European Pact for Youth.
CSR Europe is now a thriving example of how a business network can work to facilitate relationship building between CSR practitioners, EU officials, and other stakeholders to drive synergies for businesses to innovate, develop collaborative projects and create EU policy transformation. CSR Europe is currently working with the European Commission in relation to the EU implementation plan of the UN Sustainable Development Goals profiling itself through its campaign: Sustainable Business Exchange.