CSR Europe Launches Business Manifesto for a Sustainable Europe 2030

Mar 26, 2024

The Manifesto, written in collaboration with CSR Latvia and over 60 leading CSR Networks and businesses in Europe, is a call for “Action over Ambition” to deliver a Just Industrial Transition. In celebration of Jacques Delors, CSR Europe and the business community ask policymakers to make the protection of the most vulnerable a cornerstone of all European policies and decisions. 

Brussels, 21 March 2024 – As Europe gears up for the elections in June, CSR Europe, the leading European Business Network for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, launches the Business Manifesto 2024-2029 “Action over Ambition: Delivering a Just Industrial Transition for a Sustainable Europe 2030”

In a time of uncertainty, marked by wars, geopolitical tensions, and societal challenges, Europe must prioritize collaboration and action to ensure peace, competitiveness, and prosperity. The Manifesto, written in collaboration with over 60 leading CSR Networks and businesses in Europe, including CSR Latvia, calls for a European Just Industrial Deal that creates a compelling business case for a sustainability transformation and collaborative action

The Manifesto outlines five key policy recommendations

1. An Industry Alliance for Inclusive Prosperity: This alliance would support businesses in making their operations more human-centered, resilient, and sustainable across their business models, workforces, communities, customers, and supply chains.

2. European Sector Alliances for Due Diligence and Local Sustainability Networks: These alliances would enhance sustainable sourcing practices and position Europe as a preferred partner for collaborating countries. 

3. Accelerating the Capital Markets Union (CMU) and a European Social Investment Framework that would complement the existing climate and environmental taxonomy. 

4. Integrating Behavioral Science: By leveraging behavioural science, governments and industries can create products and services that address social needs, tackle unconscious bias, and overcome other barriers. 

5. A European Sustainability Dialogue: Like the European Social Dialogue that shapes the EU’s social agenda, this dialogue would shape the EU’s sustainability agenda. 

Inspired by former European Commission President Jacques Delors, also founding father of CSR Europe, the Manifesto emphasizes the fight against social exclusion, proposing to make the protection of the most vulnerable a cornerstone of all European policies and decisions. 

Companies and CSR networks that contributed to the Manifesto will take part to the upcoming European Sustainable Industry Summit 2024: Pioneering the Next Generation of Corporate Sustainability Practices. The event, scheduled for the 25-26 June in Brussels, is set to welcome 300 leading sustainability stakeholders across the European institutions, industry, and civil society. The Summit is organised by CSR Europe in partnership with the European Investment Bank. 

For more information: • Jan Noterdaeme, Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, CSR Europe at jn@csreurope.or