The association respACT - Austrian business council for sustainable development, was founded in June 2005 under the name of respACT austria to communicate the need for social and sustainable business action and to promote the mutual exchange on the topic of Corporte Social Responsibility (CSR) among Austrian enterprises of all sizes. In October 2007 respACT austria was united with the Austrian Business Council for Sustainable Development which resulted in the new name respACT - austrian business council for sustainable development.
Beyond its function as a strong voice of the enterprises towards the public, the association provides a platform for entrepreneurs to exchange experiences. respACT is likewise open for international companies as for middle, small and smallest enterprises.
The advantages for enterprises are various and reach from industry and topic-specific panels to reductions for further training (e.g. the training course "integrated CSR management" or the exchange program "bridging"). The "CSR-Business-Case" database on respACT's homepage is open to the public and works as a best practice pool of Austrian companies.
The website and a monthly newsletter keep the CSR-interested people up to date. Especially for its members, respACT publishes a weekly newsletter containing CSR-related issues. Since 2006 respACT organises a yearly CSR-event called "Austrian CSR-Day" in the capital with the aim to do agenda-setting and knowledge-building for CSR in Austria. respACT is also a partner of the national CSR-award for companies called TRIGOS.
respACT austria is a enterprise-led association, financed by the contributions of its member enterprises and is supported by the Federation of Austrian Industry (IV), the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKÖ), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Labour (BMWA), the Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water, and the Federal Ministry for Social security, Generations and Consumer protection (BMSG) as promoting members.
respACT - austrian business council for sustainable development is Austria's leading business-plattform on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development.
- Communication and marketing - respACT supports the dialogue among companies and with the society. As a platform it presents examples of responsible business practices to a broad public.
- Exchange of experiences - respACT manages the exchange of know-how and experience among companies and looks for input of practitioners and masterminds of national and international networks. Members enjoy reduced fees for workshops and training courses.
- Know how transfer and training - Experienced and dedicated partners from business, science and NGOs pass on their know how in conferences and publications. respACT supports companies in the implementation of CSR.
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