CSR in Romania

4. Main key needs, a basis for Hermes-OSR in Romania

Following the state of the art presented in the first articles, the University of Craïova pointed out several key challenges and training needs to be used as the basis of the implementation of the Hermes-OSR outcomes in Romania.

The promotion of social responsibility and social auditing is a slow process; the social reports are sporadic and inconsistent, because the only compulsory reports are the financial-accounting reports.
The existent sector codes are based on international standards and references without any direct connection with the national and organizational culture.
Corporate social responsibility produces economic, social and environmental values which lead to the avoidance or minimization of the damages in economic, social or natural capital.
Companies can make profit by investing in their employees and by improving environmental processes.
The boundaries between companies and their environment should disappear as competitors become partners and get involved in the innovation process.
Sustainable development is the link between economic and social progress, on one side, and the development of personal values, on the other side, companies which were not affected by this phenomenon nowadays are, if not in few years will be. The access on international markets will be denied because companies are not preoccupied by developing social responsibility.
In consequence, in the Romanian enterprises the reports referring to the social responsibility are superficial - rather quantitative than qualitative - and the Labour Code is the only important law which contributes to the development of the social responsibility in the Romanian enterprises.

Source: part of an article published in "Management et Avenir", special issue on HERMES-OSR findings and results, by Adriana Schiopoiu BURLEA, Carmen RADU, Costel IONASCU, Marian SIMINICA, Liviu CRACIUN and Marius MITRACHE from the University of Craïova.