Socially Responsible Enterprise


Κοινωνικά Υπεύθυνη Επιχείριση

Today, more and more companies participate in programmes and actions of corporate social responsibility. The social profile and the sensitivity of the company towards social issues constitute an important feature of its identity. The consumer is undoubtedly influenced positively and prefers eventually products or services of companies which present a significant social activity. In a wider sense, the certification of small and big businesses EBEN GR (European Business Ethics Network) constitutes a part not only of corporate social responsibility, but also of business ethics, according to the relevant model.

It is a kind of Certification of an international range of the modern company that

• has a social activity within the framework of its capabilities,
• implements systems that support its structure,
• cares for the environment,
• is extrovert,
• is innovative

4+1 Reasons to Get Certified


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But is it time for such luxury?

An initial reaction which is not at all unusual towards the implementation of some management tools or excellence models which shows, however, a lack of awareness of the benefit that a company can have from the certification of excellence. The international economic conjuncture and the tough Greek reality, mainly for the small Greek company that faces a lack of liquidity, surely do not constitute the ideal basis for the far-reaching design of actions that are not erroneously considered by a percentage of enterprises as necessary for the survival of the company.
Thus, often the notion Excellence and the management models that are related to it are considered to be a kind of luxury by those who are not really aware of what the implementation of excellence models practically means for the company and what the benefits are for those who can discern them.
 
The application and certification according to the European Business Excellence model EFQM arms the company with
1. the capability to locate the malfunctions (e.g., organizational, administrational) that render the everyday operation difficult and to find ways to eliminate them through the application of the procedure of auto-evaluation according to the RADAR procedure. 
2. the saving of resources, that is money and time, given the fact that the lack of organization constitutes a cause of wasting resources and of reduced productivity. 
3. the boosting of the image and prestige of the company with a certification of an international range that is particularly identifiable abroad. 
4. the adoption of an Excellence culture that characterizes the small or big company that wishes to widen its horizons through exports and cooperation by underlining its extrovert character. 
However, the main reason is that the application and certification of the Excellence models help the Enterprise and its People to understand in depth and essentially that the Participation of All and the Awareness constitute from now on a one-way street for the Success and the Competitiveness.

Lessons of Survival of the small Greek company


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Business practices meet excellence

Lesson 1
It’s time for you to choose: will you move forward by modernizing your company or will you stand hesitant on the threshold of developments,falling behind in a race of a lightning speed?
Lesson 2
Arm your company with modern management tools.
Lesson 3
Get informed about the developments in your sector.
Lesson 4
Do not forget that even in periods of crisis there are companies that can increase their sales and be competitive.