To confront the increasing environmental problems and the social problems caused by globalization and to preserve the competitiveness despite the shortage and the increase of cost of key resources, it requires a number of innovations.
Against this background, for companies the integration of resource efficiency and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) into their core business are great opportunities. We have to answer the question, how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can be supported by making the use of natural resources along the value chain more efficient. Via cooperation, process optimization, joint design and optimization of products and services as well as via consulting the participating companies shall be enalbled along their value chain to increase their resource efficiency. According to that, SMEs need to be qualified to be able to integrate CSR into their business plan systematically. In many companies activities which aim at increasing resource efficiency have started already. The idea of resource efficiency can only develop its full effects if it is part of the corporate strategy at all levels.
The project objectives are:
Within the framework of a consulting and qualification concept the results and project contents will be prepared and published for each target group. The concept is aimed particularly to small and medium-sized enterprises and consultants in the field of resource efficiency.