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Hermes-OSR European project in Leonardo programme

CSR and Training of Human Resources teams: the HERMES-OSR project

HERMES-OSRFollowing the developments of the financial crisis leading to a social and societal crisis, there is an urgent need to restore confidence and references to citizens and consumers.

The vocational training Hermes-OSR project supported under the European program Leonardo da Vinci had anticipated this need. It aims at

supporting the development of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) through a training and coaching offer to the Human Resources stakeholders in SMEs.

After a training needs analysis in several European countries, the HeRmeS-R (HR for Human Resources and SR for Social Responsibility) has rapidly expanded its offering to an OSR (Organisation Social Responsibility) approach, which is modular, flexible and adaptable according to the target groups, cultures, sectors and sizes of organization. Since then, it has been renamed Hermes-OSR.

4 main modules of training of trainers / facilitators and their tools are available in a training-action mode:

  • “Awareness”;
  • “Introduction to CSR / OSR”;
  • “Training of operators in the CSR / OSR and for deployment”;
  • and an “executive MBA in CSR / RSO” module.

The Hermes-OSR project ( is in its final phase with the delivery of pilot seminars (training of trainers) and test seminars (training HR actors in SME by the trainers trained in pilot seminars) in various European countries.

In addition, the project Hermes-OSR in collaboration with the partner FLA (the Fair Labor Association) has come to define a label oriented OSR that goes beyond the social audit and which is also adapted to SMEs. It is a label to empower people who will then enable the SMEs to operate and implement a pragmatic OSR approach, supported by benchmark possibilities.

To this end a first non-profit “Friends of FLA” association ( was created to define the practical aspects and the coaching support of the label, first in France to ensure sustainability and to rapidly transfer in Europe and beyond. This association reflects the involvement of the FLA and a group of professionals, experts and academics working on the issues of social responsibility of businesses and organizations.

Source: part of an article pulished (pdf 120kb, in French + Summary in English) in "Management et Avenir", special issue on HERMES-OSR findings and results, by Yves Boisselier from MAC-Team aisbl, the European network of Multi-Actors Cooperation..


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