The need for responsible and sustainable action in business is rising along with a growing demand for practical models. As the discussion in the media escalates, the voluntary nature of these business activities is increasingly the subject of debates. Companies need to lead the way in this field, implementing CSR as a tool of strategic management and communicating the corporate benefits that can result from this approach.
respACT - austrian business council for sustainable development is Austria‘s leading platform for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development. The association emerged in October 2007 from the fusion of the Austrian Business Council for Sustainable Development (ABCSD) and respACT austria.
respACT stands for "responsible action“ and supports its member companies on their way to implementing socially responsible actions into their daily business. Responsible companies focus on five fields of action: organisational leadership, market place, workforce, environment and society. respACT - austrian business council for sustainable development responds to businesses of all sizes based in Austria, from small companies to major corporations.
The council’s most important activities are thought leadership on CSR and sustainability, exchange of best practices, knowledge transfer and education as well as the establishment and administration of a national CSR network.
Vision for Sustainable Business
The solution of environmental, social and economic challenges lies at the centre of business activities in Austria.
Enterpreneurial activity is driving societal innovation and sustainable development.
Therewith, Austrian companies are nationally and internationally successful.
respACT mobilizes important players in order to make Austria a pioneer of future-proof and responsible business.
respACT - austrian business council for sustainable development offers its member companies the following:
In 2009 respACT induced together with the Research Institute for Managing Sustainability of the Vienna Business University the compilation of CSR-guidelines "Success and Social Responsibiliy - A Guide to Future-Proofing Your Business" which has been intended for use by any Austrian company, large or small, and list objectives for responsible business activity.
respACT is the official Focal Point of the UN Global Compact in Austria and organizes the TRIGOS Award, a renowned business award honoring Austrian companies for exemplary Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and the implementation of CSR in their management.
In order to meet the needs of SME´s on regional level respACT started in Autumn 2010 the initiative "respACT goes regional" which includes networking activities, workshops and regional TRIGOS Awards.
respACT - austrian business council for sustainable development is a platform led by businesses and is financed through the contributions of its member companies and The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, The Federation of Austrian Industries, The Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs, The Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism and the Austrian Development Agency.
We provide information related to CSR & business ethics in German only on our website, with a newsletter and an exclusive information for our members. We also host several events with member companies on pending issues up throughout the year.
The Board of Directors of the platform is composed, as follows:
President: Peter Giffinger (Saint Gobain Austria)
Vice President: Heinz Felsner (EFH Beteiligungs GmbH)
Vice President: Herta Stockbauer (BKS Bank AG)
Vice President: Herbert Schlossnikl (Vöslauer Mineralwasser GmbH)
Wolfgang Anzengruber (Verbund AG)
Simon Meinschad (hollu Systemhygiene GmbH)
Hugo Rohner (SKIDATA AG)
Gerald Fitz (Haberkorn GmbH)
Co-opted member: Manfred Schekulin (Federal Ministry Republic of Austria Digital and Economic Affairs)
Co-opted member: Wolfram Tertschnig (Federal Ministry Republic of Austria for Sustainability and Tourism)
Co-opted member: Christoph Neumayer (Federation of Austrian Industries)
Daniela Knieling is appointed with Managing Director.
CSR Europe: European platform for CSR
UN Global Compact: International initiative for businesses and civil society
WBCSD World Business Council for Sustainable Development: Finding economic solutions to environmental challenges.