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Greece

Sustainability

Updated 12/2011

Legal requirements

Companies are encouraged to promote sustainability beyond minimum legal requirements, by setting high social and environmental standards.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility is self-regulation by companies, to ensure that they comply with the law, ethical standards, and international norms.

They basically take responsibility for the impact of their activities on the environment, consumers, staff, etc.

Standards

The Eco- Μ anagement and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a non-mandatory management tool that allows organisations to assess and improve their environmental performance.

The Europeaneco-label (or "flower" sign) indicates that a product or service is environmentally friendly.  The European eco-label applies to all products except food, drinks and pharmaceuticals.

Obtaining the eco-label is optional, but there are strong indications that consumers consider the environmental impact of a product or service when shopping.

The law requires businesses to comply with minimum social and environmental rules.

Administrative procedures

Applying Corporate Social Responsibility

The Hellenic Network for Corporate Social Responsibility and the Corporate Responsibility Institute are responsible for promoting the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility and making it known both to the business world and to the social environment, allowing for a balance between profitability and sustainable development.

Certification of standards

Environmental management standards

The competent authority responsible for issuing ecolabels is the Supreme Council for Awarding the Ecolabel of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change.

The following website describes how to participate in the EMAS scheme.

Occupational safety management standards

The certification must be provided by a certification body accredited for the Standard in question and the company wishing to become certified must submit a relevant certification application.

The certification body assigns an appropriate inspection team and conducts field inspection of the company's health and safety at work management system, which ensures that system documents are complete and implemented throughout the company based on the ELOT 1801/ OSHAS 18001 standards.

Assuming that the above standards are met, the certification body will issue the certificate. Otherwise, any discrepancies and points of non-compliance are recorded, and a certificate is issued once these have been properly dealt with.

The competent body is the Hellenic Accreditation System S.A. (ESYD), while the documents needed for the application for certification are available on the ESYD website.

Programmes

The Ministry of Development and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology support the education of businesses and their executives on issues relating to Corporate Social Responsibility in the context of the "Information Society" programme through the "eLearning- CSRQuest" project, and the implementation of Total Quality Management.

Help & advice

Help & advice

E-mail a business organisation near you

The EU runs a network (Enterprise Europe Network) of local business organisations in most European countries that may be able to help you.

Choose your country and town and enter your enquiry below.

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