Why ”CSR plus the missing D”?

In the countries of our partnership, the modern approach to disability is enshrined in their laws, highlighting the dignity of persons with disabilities and their right to be treated equally in all areas of social life. Unfortunately, such a declarative approach is not accompanied by fast enough changes in daily life, in particular in the labour market, as persons with disabilities are still rarely employed as staff members enjoying equal rights.

Despite the promotion of the notion of corporate social responsibility (CSR) as one of the key strategies for 21st-century enterprises and despite the existence of guidelines on CSR implementation (the International ISO 26 000 Standard; GRI [Global Reporting Initiative] indicators), the European labour market still needs to be much adapted to the requirements of changing societies in terms of disability. Although such guidelines provide a space for its incorporation into company management policies (they concern such themes as human rights, social development engagement and job creation), it is clearly visible that comprehensive activities are missing that would deploy CSR policies coupled with focus on disability.

Analysis of annual CSR reports drafted by companies as well as broad experiences gained by our project consortium members show that companies concentrate mainly on activities regarded as classic CSR, e.g. taking care of the environment, treating the equality of persons with disabilities in the recruitment process and at workplace not seriously enough.

It should also be highlighted that CSR is still too frequently confused with philanthropy, which is particularly visible when attempts are made to include disability in CSR activities. The phenomenon is a legacy of the previous approach to persons with disabilities treated as recipients of charitable assistance and not employees involved in the company’s operations and generating its profits on an equal footing with others. Such an outlook on disability, still present in the corporate world, makes entrepreneurs keener to offer financial gifts as ad hoc assistance for the needy rather than to actively engage in the process of including persons with disabilities into their businesses as full-fledged staff members. Perpetuated also in the media, the status quo is a consequence of missing model scenarios and practical training materials showing how persons with disabilities should be made part of companies following the modern understanding of disability. It is our hope that the results of the “CSR plus the missing D” project will help change the status quo.


The Managers of the Future MOFFIN Foundation

MOFFIN logoThe mission of the Managers of the Future MOFFIN Foundation is to create tools and conditions conducive to initiating and implementing projects in the area of social responsibility.

Together with our partners, we develop innovative social engagement programmes which may contribute to lessening the negative aspects of present-day capitalism. In our operations we also support socially-minded entrepreneurs who are Managers of the Future.

In the “CSR plus the missing D” project, the MOFFIN Foundation is the institution in charge of coordination of the partners’ work. As our collaborators in disseminating examples of daily ambitious efforts focused on social development and including weaker and excluded groups in the process, we have invited diverse organisations from European countries, active in the field of CSR and guided by values close to those that we treasure, too.

Code of Care

Code of Care logoCode of Care is danish non-profit organisation and our goal is to inspire, inform and create innovation in the field of social responsibility. We have set up a process to that end in order to get more companies to act in this area.

As a partner of “CSR plus the missing D” project we will do our utmost to create an organisational framework and basic conditions which can accommodate human, technical and business diversity so as to contribute to the creation of products, activities or other forms of services which society is expected to increasingly demand.

Human beings first and money second. It’s Code of Care’s proposed strategy for a new form of social engagement: More care and less me.

NUCLIO – Núcleo Interactivo de Astronomia

Nuclio logoNUCLIO – Núcleo Interactivo de Astronomia (NUCLIO) is a non-profit association of professional astrophysicists and amateur astronomers devoted to public outreach and education. It is also an official training centre recognised by the Portuguese Ministry of Education. NUCLIO’s activities include: training teachers in the use of new technologies, promotion of real research in the classroom where students are introduced to scientific methods using robotic telescopes and data mining astronomical databases, providing Astronomy and Astrophysics courses for teachers and the general public. In recent years, NUCLIO has gained expertise in the use of serious games for science education and the integration of real science experiences in the classroom environment, for example the search for asteroids, the use of robotic telescopes, etc.  NUCLIO has been involved in several EC projects as a national coordinator for Portugal with the mission to train teachers at the national level in the use of research tools and resources for science teaching using the IBSE methodology.  NUCLIO is the coordinator of one of the largest astronomy education efforts in the world, the Galileo Teacher Training Program, a legacy of International Year of Astronomy 2009 endorsed by the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO. Since 2009, the programme has reached over 100 nations and 20,000 teachers. We would like our scientific experiences and contacts with European entrepreneurs to bear fruit in practical terms so as to support the objectives of the CSR plus the missing D project and disseminate its results.

CtalentsLogo Ctalents

Ctalents supports young professionals with sensory challenges (blind and partially sighted, deaf and hard of hearing ) in finding a paid job that fits their education and experience. We are the link between employers and sensory-challenged employees. Our traineeship helps our candidates to develop and challenge themselves. It is designed to look at their talents and possibilities and to eventually match them with employers in our network.
Ctalents focuses on employing persons with various disabilities following the model based on the competences job seekers have rather than just on what they are unable to do. Consequently, the company has been drawn by the CSR plus the missing D project, which disseminates just such an approach to employment of persons with disabilities.