CSR, sustainable development lived at the level of companies, has been identified as a key challenge at the dawn of the Green Deal and the climatic and societal challenges facing the world (global warming, loss of biodiversity, depletion of natural resources, increasing inequalities, etc.).
As a founding member in 2007 of the Institut National pour le Développement durable et la Responsabilité sociale des entreprises (INDR), the Chamber of Commerce has been actively involved for years in promoting CSR at all levels of society and in its internal organisation, and has been supporting Luxembourg companies in their transition towards more sustainable operating models.
The CSR strategy of the Chamber of Commerce is based on four pillars corresponding to the main strategic priorities of the Chamber of Commerce:
- Go CSR: Sustainable Business
Actions to guide and support businesses in their goal of sustainable transformation.
Partnerships and actions aimed at contributing positively to the development of society.
Actions for the professional development of employees and their employability, well-being and diversity and equality.
Actions for the preservation of resources and to face environmental challenges such as climate change.
Consult the Chamber of Commerce's carbon footprint for the past year.
At the instigation of the Chamber of Commerce's Plenary Assembly, a working group dedicated to sustainable development, bringing together some twenty company directors from the transport, industry and banking & insurance sectors, has been set up to work on the development and definition of sustainable development trajectories for companies, adapted to their sectors and maturity. The ambition is to be able to offer support in ambitious and high-impact projects. Those who wish to know more about the work of this working group or propose their collaboration to it, can contact the Business Development & CSR team of the Chamber of Commerce.
Focusing on the needs and priorities of companies to contribute to sustainable development and taking into account the rapidly evolving regulatory agenda, the working group has established 10 guiding and unifying principles for the Luxembourg business community in a bottom-up approach that reflects the voice and convictions of companies.
The Luxembourg Sustainable Business Principles are intended to mobilise companies in the Grand Duchy around sustainable development and to propose a common and unifying course for this major strategic issue by 2030.
The Institut National pour le Développement durable et la Responsabilité sociale des entreprises (INDR) offers interested companies two labelling options:
- the "ESR" label: this allows company managers to structure, formalise and promote their social responsibility initiatives in order to create shared value for them and for society,
- the "Responsibility Europe" label: by obtaining the ESR label, you can also obtain this European label.
Through the House of Training, the Chamber of Commerce offers a selection of CSR training courses covering a wide range of key sustainable development topics.
Listed by theme, these courses meet the support needs of companies according to their sector of activity and their level of progress in their CSR strategy.
Covering topics ranging from the circular economy, to carbon footprinting, to quality of life at work, they are an effective lever to help companies wishing to take action and begin their transition to a more sustainable operating model.
Companies interested in receiving more information on CSR can contact:
- the Business Development & CSR team of the Chamber of Commerce
- the National Institute for Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility (INDR)
and also consult:
- the European Commission's CSR information page
- the CSR glossary of the Chamber of Commerce.