Social Responsibility Report Guidelines for the Health and Social Sector

- Creating and sharing values for a growing Europe

The growing complexity that characterizes the productive activities in Europe encourages an increasing recognition of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The European community has needs, requirements, and expectations that affect the development of enterprise and its economic sustainability.

To maintain system competitiveness, companies need a broad and shared "social consensus" of all stakeholders in the communities in which they operate.

The European Confederation of Care Home Organisations (Echo) and its members, representing private elderly care sectors, recognize the need to adopt a model of Social Reporting (i.e. a comprehensive and authoritative managerial and financial communication) to ensure transparency and efficiency.

Echo proposes the Social Reporting Guidelines to support and develop CSR aware that the adoption of these guidelines could assist enterprises in achieving the high goals of the elderly care sector within a common framework of rules and values.

The guidelines aim to:

• Address the requirements for Corporate Social Responsibility;
• Harmonize procedures and methods of Social Reporting;
• Meet the information needs of stakeholders;
• Promote the involvement of enterprises in the definition and evaluation of results;
• Provide certainty via a third party audit.

The guidelines are experimental but we aim to receive support from all stakeholders in order to better respond to the expectations of the market and the growing need for dialogue and communication.

Therefore, we would be happy to incorporate any ideas and suggestions and to continue this exciting journey together.

We would be delighted if you could attend the debate on 19 March 2014, from 4.30 to 6.00 p.m. in room ASP1G2 of the European Parliament in order to participate and contribute to the discussions in this area.







20.11.2012 - Strasbourg � European Parliament resolution of 20 November 2012 on Social Business Initiative

� Creating a favourable climate for social enterprises, key stakeholders in the social economy and innovation

03.10.2012 - Conference of European Economic and Social Committee: What can social enterprises contribute to the Europe 2020 Strategy

L�szl� ANDOR, European Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

18.04.2012 - Brussels, Commission Communication: Towards a job-rich recover.

Employment in the EU will have to increase by 17,6 million additional jobs from its current level.

18.04.2012 - Strasbourg, European Commission Document: Action Plan for the EU Health Workforce.

Accompanying document to: Commission communication: Towards a job-rich recovery.

21.02.2012 - Consultation on the revision of the European Union rules on Regional state aid.

Public authorities, citizens, companies and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Period of consultation: from 24.01.2012 to 26.04.2012

19.12.2011 - Directive of the European Parliament and the Council.

Mobility of qualified professionals is low in the European Union. However, there seems to be a major unexploited potential for mobility: according to a 2010 Eurobarometer

01.12.2011 - Towards a simpler, more robust and efficient VAT system - Green Paper. Given the impact of ageing societies on labor markets, taxation systems will have to be adapted.

Value added tax (VAT) was first introduced in Europe in 1954, in France.

23.09.2011 - European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. The European Union designated 2012 as the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

This initiative aims to:

19.05.11: Brussels - Health Policy Forum

Follow-up on the work of the Council Working Group on Public Health at Senior Level and activities with the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing,

23.03.11: Germany needs qualified care staff

BPA welcomed the recent Government decision to improve procedures for recognition of foreign diplomas in nursing.

03.03.11: Brussels - Europe's social dialogue vital to overcoming crisis says new report

Dialogue between workers' and employers' representatives and between governments has been crucial in helping to shape Europe's response to the crisis.

28.02.11: The Council has approved a directive on cross-border healthcare, promoting cooperation between member states.

Member states will have 30 months to transpose the directive�s provision into national legislation.

16.02.11: Combating late payment in commercial and health transactions

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular to Article 114 thereof, The European Parliament and Council have approved DIRECTIVE 2011/7/EU.

10.02.2011: Europe 2020 health strategy

Under President Barroso's second term, Europe 2020 health strategy was published setting the direction for the EU for the next ten years. The strategy�s guiding objective is to pursue smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in order to exit the financial crisis.

30.01.2011: The EU Health Policy Forum - Draft workplan 2011/2012

The EUHPF�s mission is to contribute to and advise on the development, implementation and evaluation of EU health-related policies and actions and to empower European citizens in health for life.

21.01.2011: How Europe protects social services

Europe has undertaken to protect social services and the delivery of a particular service for which they are responsible which meets the basic, day-to-day needs of the European public in the area of health, employment, housing, education, training, social protection and social integration.

20.01.2011: A healty economy depends on a healty population

Health is a key foundation stone of the overall Lisbon strategy of growth, competitiveness and sustainable development. A healthy economy depends on a healthy population.

26.11.2010: Report of Stakeholder Consultation Conference European Innovation on "Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing"

The event was a first occasion for stakeholders to put forward their views and, most importantly, their ideas on the pilot European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

23.11.2010: EU Commission. Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

The EU Health Policy Forum. Has welcomed the opportunity to contribute to discussions on the proposed Innovation