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Literature review


Within the CSR-Ready project, UIIN has conducted a comprehensive literature review over businesses Corporate & Social Responsibility (CSR) practices. First, the literature review started with the identification of perceived benefits and barriers for businesses in the CSR application. Most relevantly, in terms of benefits, the literature often identifies cost and risk reduction, competitive advantage, legitimacy and reputation as the main drivers for CSR implementation. Barriers are more sector-specific and also appear differently depending on the country. Further, the review zeroed in on the drivers for the implementation of CSR in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups. Nonetheless, it has been [...]

Literature review2021-05-06T10:57:53+00:00

Impressions on the Literature


A prerequisite for the successful implementation of a project is comprehensive research. This is exactly what we are currently doing – we identify and analyse existing academic and practical work on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in SMEs. We would like to learn more about the status quo of CSR in SMEs and find out what obstacles SMEs face when implementing CSR. Furthermore, we are looking for best practices that can provide inspiration and motivation for a successful implementation of a CSR strategy. We, thevisionworks, have a particular focus on IO3, the development of a self-assessment for SMEs on CSR readiness. By [...]

Impressions on the Literature2021-05-06T10:02:22+00:00

Newsletter: Global challenges


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Newsletter: Global challenges2021-05-06T10:02:23+00:00

Walking the walk…. A small organisation’s experience of CSR


EUEI offices are located in a modern new build with the highest levels of insulation and efficient heating, powered by on-site solar energy panels. Resource use is kept to an absolute minimum with no photocopier, use of recycled printer and toner for printing and a limit of 1 ream of paper per month strongly encourages judicious printing and maximises paper reuse. For local and international travel, use of public transport is prioritised. We endeavour to miminise international travel as part of our project delivery and are trialling a unique “one meeting” project approach, which if successful will be rolled out on [...]

Walking the walk…. A small organisation’s experience of CSR2021-05-06T10:02:24+00:00

Newsletter: Analysis of CSR among SMEs at the international level


The analysis of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) among SMEs at international level is the starting point of the CSR-READY project. This exercise will provide information on the benefits derived from CSR for the activity of SMEs and their environment, the challenges faced by SMEs that implement CSR, whether SMEs that specifically apply CSR tools have any special or different characteristics, etc. The aim is therefore to obtain in-depth knowledge on the state of CSR in SMEs in the different countries participating in the project, from which to create a tool that facilitates the self-diagnosis of CSR in SMEs and its promotion. [...]

Newsletter: Analysis of CSR among SMEs at the international level2021-05-06T10:02:24+00:00

An opportunity to promote corporate social responsibility among SMES


Companies are key players in economic and social terms, a role and responsibility of which they are increasingly aware. The selection by consumers of certain products or services and not others, the choice of one company and not another, that workers perform their tasks effectively, that people want to be part of the company, that sustainability is given greater prominence in the company’s actions, not only in the environmental sphere but also in the social and governance aspects, is no longer an objective of large corporations alone. All this makes up Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), an area in which SMEs have [...]

An opportunity to promote corporate social responsibility among SMES2021-05-06T10:02:25+00:00



Each year, the 2nd year Wellness students organise a wellness weekend for the 1st year’s generation. Due to Covid19 pandemics, this year we went online instead of LIVE in natural environment. However, sharing fotos of previous LIVE events brings this weekend a little closer again. The topic of the winter wellness weekend 2021 remained the same: bring wellness and wellbeing closer to freshmen and show them the practical aspect of the study programme. This year’s event took place in MS Teams environment. 2nd year students created 9 groups from the 1st year group, covering all areas of wellness. Considering the fact [...]




FOREST SELFNESS IN SLOVENIA  Slovenia is a land of forests, as they cover 58.2% of its homeland. In terms of forest cover, Slovenia ranks third in the European Union, behind Sweden and Finland. According to the share of the European Natura 2000 network for the conservation of biodiversity, it ranks first in the EU with 38%. According to the WEF (2019), Slovenia ranks 26th among the estimated 140 countries in terms of its use of natural resources. In 2019, Slovenia was in the 1st place in terms of the share of protected territory and in 16th place in terms of environmental [...]

FOREST SELFNESS IN SLOVENIA2021-04-08T19:21:47+00:00



SLOVENIA – THE LEADER OF API-TOURISM In 2016, Slovenia was selected as the world’s first sustainable destination, that really tells its green story. Slovenians love their green country, so their concern is focused on preserving natural and cultural treasures, among them apitourism. Apitourism involves the consistent connection of nature and tourism, and follows the trend of travellers demanding green, eco, healthy tourism and wellbeing. As a form of tourism, it deals with culture and traditions of rural communities that could be considered as one of the most sustainable ways of development and niche tourism. The Slovenian long beekeeping tradition, which legally [...]

SLOVENIA – THE LEADER OF API-TOURISM2021-04-08T19:21:49+00:00

Irish Case Study: Catia’s Entrepreneurial journey-“Turning passion and creativity into a business”.


Description of business Recently opened in Roscommon town, West of Ireland, Rummage loves to share with you their passion for the past. They sell antique, vintage and retro furniture, household and whatever else they can find! Rummage also offers a furniture upcycling service with the aim of saving that piece which may otherwise be heading for timber heaven!   Short profile of their background and motivation to start a business Catia da Nova, a native of Brazil moved to Roscommon, Ireland in March 2001 with a group of friends. Catia has worked in a variety of different disciplines before deciding with her partner Ray to set up their new business in Roscommon town. The motivation underpinning their decision is a passion and love for antique, vintage and retro furniture combined with the prospect of achieving a better work-life balance for their family When did you first realise that you wanted to start up a business?  Catia explains “It wasn’t overnight, I felt that I had to have a good understanding of English and be somewhat integrated in society. We always had an interest in furniture, antiques and upcycling. We renovated much of our home ourselves with such items. About 5 years ago really started to brainstorm the prospect of starting our own business” How did you test your business idea? “We always knew there was demand for such products and we completed various small jobs for friends in our spare time. I volunteered in a local charity shop for a period of time, which gave me a great opportunity to gain essential retail experience. What market research did you undertake? “I carried out various types of market research including exploring online resources and looking at similar shop models particularly in England. Social media was useful too and chatting to other stakeholders and people with similar interests. We explored the market further and recognized there was a gap in the market for this type of a shop in the region and especially in Roscommon. We wanted to offer consumers a broad range of quality products at affordable prices. We also noticed that people wanted to release new life to their own furniture, much of which had been in their families’ possession for a long time.  We often find that much of the older furniture is of superior quality and very durable”. What were the biggest challenges you faced during the start-up period “There were various challenges but we were determined to overcome them. Financing is always a difficult step when starting a business but for us securing a broad range of stock requires constant engagement with various contacts, as there is no definitive one-stop supplier for our varying product range. In terms of the financing required for the initial start-up, we were fortunate enough to have put aside some money to fund the new venture. Other challenges we faced which are also experienced by many other new businesses is getting your name out there and establishing your presence in the town”. Did you avail of any Government funded supports locally? “Yes we availed of supports provided by Roscommon LEADER Partnership and participated in Social Media courses provided by the Local Enterprise Office”. In addition to having your business premises in Roscommon town, do you engage in online sales? “Yes we sell products through Facebook and we are starting to use Instagram recently too. Word of mouth and customer satisfaction is also two important areas we feel for the business” How do you define business success? “We tend to measure business success across various factors such as customer satisfaction, experience, word of mouth and the fact that many people travel relatively long distances to view their product range. What other challenges has the business experienced since start-up? “The coronavirus pandemic has definitely been the biggest challenge to date. Like many other businesses, we have had to reinvent the way we do business overnight. This included monitoring stock levels more closely while trying to move sales fully online during lockdown periods. However, aside from the pandemic, the ongoing challenge is competing with online market places where often times, individual routine sellers achieve sales without incurring traditional business costs such as rent, rates etc. However it’s good to see Revenue watchdogs starting to troll these online marketplaces and target these mass sellers”. Are you part of any business Network? “We are not affiliated to any of these networks be we are aware of their existence. For us networking tends to be about building relationships with suppliers and maintaining positive working relationships with local businesses other similar providers. However, I hope to join the local women’s network in the future”. Did you encounter any difficulties when accessing finance to start-up? “No, and thankfully we had some money putting aside and once we acquired a premises, we carried out much of the shop fit-out ourselves which saved us some money too”.   What advice would you give to female migrants wishing to start up a business? “Do not give up, do the market research and know inside out, the product/service you are offering”. Would you like to see more supports been developed such as tailored business training for new communities in Ireland? “Yes that would be a huge help especially supports for female migrant entrepreneurs. Many migrants and refugees come to Ireland with a talented skill-set and it would be great to support these with their potential business ideas”.   How else can the various enterprise support providers help migrants and those in our new communities to start their own businesses? “Increase the accessibility and awareness of supports for new communities and more targeted offerings”. What are your plan for the business in the future? “We would really like to expand the business in the future as we are seeing increased demand for our products and services. With remote working in play, people are now more aware of their home surroundings and many are looking to buck the trend with different and unique home contents”. If you had to do it all over again, what would you change with your business model? “We wouldn’t change a thing, thankfully the research paid off and we saw a gap in the market for our business. We hope to expand and explore new markets in the future. Overall, we have a passion and love for our business with a good work-life balance”.

Irish Case Study: Catia’s Entrepreneurial journey-“Turning passion and creativity into a business”.2021-04-08T19:07:11+00:00
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