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Towards the 11th INSME Annual Meeting
The INSME Association is delighted to announce its 11th INSME Annual Meeting on "Technology and Innovation for Inclusive Growth" taking place from the 26th to the 28th of May 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa, co-organized by OSIBA Management (INSME Board Member).
The INSME Annual Meeting will be held for the first time in its history in the African continent and it will be even more memorable thanks to the contemporary celebration of the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the democratic Government's seminal small business development policy and in conjunction with the first President's Conference on Small Business, dedicated to former President Mandela.
The event will bring together decision makers, BSOs, financial actors, various representatives from industry and academy to seed new collaborative initiatives through the exchange of experiences, best practice approaches and project opportunities.
The dedicated website of the 11th INSME Annual Meeting will be available very soon, in the meantime please block your agenda!
The INSME Secretariat together with OSIBA Management is looking forward to welcoming you to South Africa.
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It is widely accepted that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is essential for ensuring long-term consumer trust while at the same time guaranteeing sustainable development, with evident positive consequences in terms of increasing competitiveness. Yet, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) often do not dedicate enough attention to the opportunities and necessity of such an ethical approach which must go well beyond serving merely as a marketing tool.Considering the importance of the Machine Tool Sector (MTS) as the backbone of the European economy, and the relevance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the overall economic recovery, a strategic adoption of CSR ethical code by SMEs in MTS sector can represent an essential factor for a truly sustainable growth.With this in mind, in the framework of the DESIGN-MTS project (Defining Social responsibility Interventions for a Grounded Networking in Machine Tools Sector), in which the Central European Initiative (INSME Member) is involved as a partner, a free online training course has been made available on the project’s website. The “Understanding CSR” training programme is divided in two modules outlining the strategic importance of social responsibility and business ethics with special focus on the needs of SMEs.Tailor-made with the SMEs’ needs in mind, the multimedia training modules are user-friendly and include an overview of key global CSR standards, terminology and principles, as well as a set of available evaluation tools and instruments which can be easily adopted by the interested parties.The overall goal of the training is not only to provide a theoretical introduction to CSR but also a practical blueprint which would allow SMEs a faster strategic adoption of leading CSR standards.
The BENISI project, in which EURADA (INSME Member) is a partner, aims at outreaching to social innovation projects throughout Europe. It has two pillars: one made of projects launched by social entrepreneurs, and another made of projects supported or initiated by public stakeholders.
The first range of projects benefits from an incubation process to expand and to find new locations to scaling up. The second range of projects can be considered as "open source" innovation and can be transferred in other places by "imitation" or thanks to support such as coaching. Most of them can be replicated with little funding means, they often only require enthusiasm and vision.
At the following link si available a first batch of social innovations that might inspire you, your colleagues or any other stakeholders interested in social innovation or having the power to initiate social innovation.
The overview is structured around the following fields of interest:
- health and wellbeing
- new community related
- poverty related
More information about the BENISI project here.
With the term dual use it is meant products, services and technologies that can address the needs of both defence and civil communities. Advanced materials, nano-electronics, information and communication technologies (ICT), unmanned systems and automation or photonics are just a few examples of fields in which research, technology development and manufacturing can be used for multiple applications.
Today governments do not play the strategic role they played in the past in leading industry efforts in technology; industry, pulled by civil market needs, has taken the leadership in technology development in many domains.
Therefore governments face the challenge of finding ways to engage defence agencies in collaborating with the civil industry involved in research and technology development, while industry must seek to benefit from synergies across different sectors: civil, security and defence. This requires a new approach to business management and economic policymaking, be it at the EU, national or regional level.
The aim of this guide is to provide ideas, tips and guidance on how private-sector companies and public administrations could develop new dual use strategies to respond to these challenges. Such strategies should help stakeholders move easily from one sector to the other or support the development of technologies and products able to respond to civil and defence needs.
Read more about it here.