Enhancement of regional competitiveness through Corporate Social Responsibility measures - Final report (EN)
Author: Aleksandra Stanek-Kowalczyk, Katarzyna Pietrasik, Julia Patorska, Grzegorz Kowalczyk, Marcin Trzciński

The aim of the project entitled “Enhancement of regional competitiveness through Corporate Social Responsibility measures” was to increase the awareness and knowledge of SMEs on corporate social responsibility and to implement CSR through the execution of pilot projects in the field of CSR.The aim of the project entitled “Enhancement of regional competitiveness through Corporate Social Responsibility measures” was to increase the awareness and knowledge of SMEs on corporate social responsibility and to implement CSR through the execution of pilot projects in the field of CSR.

The subject of this evaluation is the assessment of the effectiveness, usefulness and sustainability of the results of pilot projects implemented by SMEs as part of the PARP’s project entitled “Enhancement of regional competitiveness through Corporate Social Responsibility measures". Due to the fact that almost half of the projects (73 of 150) were completed by beneficiaries in 2015, these survey conclusions should be regarded as an assessment of the first effects of the intervention.

General conclusions

The implementation of the PARP’s project entitled “Enhancement of regional competitiveness through Corporate Social Responsibility measures" – in line with the assumptions of the intervention – not only raised awareness, knowledge and helped beneficiaries understand what the CSR is, but also helped systematise and professionalise the management of this area, both by defining strategic objectives and identifying persons within the company responsible for CSR. The fact that 90%* of companies are continuing projects taken as part of the programme or is implementing new ones in the CSR area2 confirms the effectiveness and usefulness of the programme.

The implementation of projects also allowed the entrepreneurs to achieve a number of business benefits, e.g. in 22%* of enterprises the implementation of projects contributed to reducing the costs, in 21%* it helped introduce new products, and 46%* of enterprises developed new areas of activity. The programme allowed companies not only to improve relations with the environment but also to develop business activity in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.

Beneficiaries assess positively the project itself and its assumptions as well as the cooperation with the PARP’s employees who, if necessary, explained doubts and helped solve problems. It is recommended to continue the programme in the same form as regards the assumptions of the project (support for entrepreneurs in the implementation of CSR actions), taking into account the following substantive recommendations on the scope of projects implemented by beneficiaries.

Supporting entrepreneurs in carrying out actions in accordance with CSR principles is an investment that is beneficial for all market participants, since it allows to raise standards of business relations, supports innovativeness – through development of new products and services having social or environmental attributes, helps reduce the impact of enterprises’ business activity on the environment and strengthen relations with the community, in which a particular enterprise operates.


Table of Contents

1. Main conclusions and recommendations from the ex-post evaluation
2. Summary
3. Objectives and context of the implementation of the survey
4. Research methodology
5. Characteristics and issues of CSR in Poland and worldwide
6. Characteristics of component 2 beneficiaries of the project entitled "Enhancement of regional competitiveness through Corporate Social Responsibility measures”
7. Characteristics of the projects
7.1. Areas of projects
7.2. Implemented projects and CSR strategy
7.3. Reasons for implementing the projects
7.4. Implementation of CSR actions before submitting the application to PARP
7.5. Costs and sources of funding of projects
7.6. Substantive assessment of projects
7.7. Maturity of actions taken – analysis based on the maturity model
7.8. Cooperation with an adviser
8. Results of projects
8.1. Project indicators
8.2. Importance of the Project for the Company and the Environment
8.3. CSR management in the organisations of the beneficiaries
8.4. Managing relations with stakeholders
8.5. Influence of the project implementation on company's operations, results and the benefits achieved
8.6. Benefits, importance and effects of the project – multi-criteria analysis
8.7. Ongoing activities
9. Evaluation of PARP project “Enhancement of regional competitiveness through Corporate Social Responsibility measures”
9.1. Project organisation
9.2. Evaluation of cooperation with PARP
9.3. Difficulties in implementing the project
9.4. Overall evaluation of PARP programme and suggestions for improvement
10. Summary of the results of the study – the main conclusions
11. Recommendations
12. Bibliography

Publication date: 2015 ISBN: Type: Report
Publisher: Polish Agency for Enterprise Development Subject: Evaluation
Data publikacji: 03.07.2018 10:03 Data wytworzenia: 03.07.2018 10:03 Data modyfikacji: 03.07.2018 13:06
Modyfikujący: Piotr Tyrakowski Udostępniający: Piotr Tyrakowski Autor dokumentu: Piotr Tyrakowski
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