Climate change, environmental issues and sustainability are topics of significant importance in the modern world. By halting global warming and mitigating its impact, Europe hopes to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. 

With Europe’s latest development policy, namely the Green Deal, there is a great expectation and movement towards circular economy and bioeconomy. At the same time, companies’ actions have a major impact on citizens’ lives in the EU and around the world and EU citizens expect from businesses to be aware of their positive and negative effects on society and the environment. Consequently, companies are obliged to handle and minimize any negative consequences they may cause, and this obligation is commonly known as Corporate social responsibility’ (CSR). 

For decades, an increasing number of large entities are acting on CSR activities, however, only in the last years, public attention and government actions to promote CSR have begun to concentrate on the majority group of SMEs. The growing knowledge of climate change and its causes, demands that businesses consider environmental impacts across their value chain while, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 now guide the world’s approach to sustainable development.

GreenMinds benefits will be:

• To promote the significant importance of corporate environmental awareness and practices and the adaptation of relevant CSR activities by VETs.

• To address and map the current needs and requirements of VETs, concerning their environmental CSR activities.

• To provide VETs with insight into critical CSR tools and information to support their work.

• To create a CSR Green Book for VETs, a detailed step-by-step guide providing insight on the best environmental CSR strategies, targeted for VETs.

• To assist our target groups, by providing an appropriate framework and communication methodology for CSR adaptation practices.

• To assist VETs in examining issues in a new perspective and support initiative-taking.

• To enhance green business opportunities among VETs through the networking element provided by the online platform.

• To facilitate knowledge exchange and environmental awareness among VETs.