L-R: Norman Fisch, general secretary of INDR; Franz Fayot, Minister of the Economy; Jean-Paul Olinger, director of UEL and INDR; Credit: MECO

The new edition of the "Guide ESR – Entreprise responsable" (CSR Guide - Responsible Company) is now available for companies in Luxembourg wishing to develop in a sustainable manner.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Luxembourg's Minister of the Economy, Franz Fayot, the director of the UEL and the INDR, Jean-Paul Olinger, and the general secretary of the INDR, Norman Fisch, presented the revised edition of the CSR Guide of the INDR (the national institute for sustainable development and corporate social responsibility). Developed in collaboration with the main national CSR players, this guide aims to prepare companies for better resilience and the management of societal and environmental expectations.

The new edition of the guide has been published in the wider context of European Sustainable Development Week. Corporate social responsibility plays a key role in the development of a sustainable economy since it takes into consideration within the company both aspects relating to environmental protection and economic and social aspects, particularly concerning the well-being and safety of employees.

Economy Minister Franz Fayot stated: "To create a sustainable economy, which respects natural resources and which serves the common interest, companies are a key actor and social responsibility companies is the strategic tool that can help them actively contribute to sustainable development”.

Jean-Paul Olinger added: "CSR is the best strategic tool to both strengthen the resilience of the company, develop the potential of its employees and succeed in its energy and environmental transition”.

As a reference work on CSR in Luxembourg, the CSR Guide lists the main expectations of 21st century society towards companies and gives an overview of the relevant CSR topics. Broken down into 40 objectives and around a hundred practical sheets, the guide explains in a concrete way how a company can contribute to sustainable development and supports companies in a concrete implementation of CSR.

The CSR Guide is based on the main international standards, integrates the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and brings together the main definitions and explanations of CSR terminology in a glossary. It is aimed at both beginners and managers already committed to CSR. The guide is structured in four main chapters which reflect the three interdependent pillars of sustainable development (environment, social, economy) and which are based on a common foundation, the strategic aspect of CSR.

The complete content of the CSR Guide is available free of charge on www.esr.lu or can be ordered from the INDR in the form of an eco-designed binder for practical and personalised use.