The Commission today presented its long awaited Communication on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for businesses throughout Europe and threw its support behind a ‘European Alliance for CSR’, a loose business club without any framework, monitoring or controlling mechanism.
Speaking following the presentation in the European Parliament UK Green MEP for London, Jean Lambert, expressed her concerns over the impact such a decision will have on both our environment and social welfare.
Jean commented; “ By underlining the voluntary basis of CSR, the Commission is giving businesses carte blanche to operate as they want, with scant regard for environmental or social concerns.
“Seeking to drive up standards, while placing companies under no obligation to do so, is wishful thinking. The voluntary approach plays into the hands of businesses that want to maximise their profits by exploiting their employees or at the expense of the environment. If the EU seriously wants to compete it should be on the basis of quality rather than low pay and weak labour standards.”