The Azores
Sustainability and CSR Services

 

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What we do

Sustainability and CSR Consulting

The Azores is a management consultancy specializing in sustainability and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). We provide our services to national and multinational companies located in Romania. We help our clients grow their competitive advantage by  focusing on the three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental and social.

Our main services are in the following areas:

  • Sustainability/CSR Strategy (Stakeholder Engagement and Materiality Processes)
  • Sustainability/CSR Reporting
  • Societal Marketing

How we can help

Strategic solutions according to our clients’ specific needs

We support companies in managing their social and environmental impacts in balance with their economic interests.

We base our CSR consulting services on GRI G4 Guidelines (Global Reporting Initiative), for which we are certified. GRI is the most widely used standard for CSR reporting.This is done by addressing areas such as:  reducing the ecological footprint, encouraging a positive impact on stakeholders or designing responsible products and services.

You can find out more about GRI G4 from this presentationthat we have prepared in Romanian.


Research

The Azores is regularly conducting research to assess the CSR developments on the Romanian market

Our first study is called ‘Top Cei mai responsabili retaileri alimentari din Romania in 2014″.

It is an assessment of the retailers in Romania. The main conclusion of the study is that food retailers invest primarily in supporting their community. Other interests include green products and local buying, though these are less prominent. You can follow this link for more details on the CSR performances of food retailers.

Also, you may read our analysis of the CSR landscape in Romania, for 2014, by following this link:

CSR in Romania, Retrospectiva 2014


CSR Reporting

Reporting on social and environmental aspects will become common practice in The European Union

There is a growing tendency that companies disclose information on their sustainability activities. Large companies are leading the way and already publishing a CSR report every year. SMEs follow that leadership and are catching up (United Nations Global Corporate Sustainability Report 2013).

 

In October 2014, The European Council adopted Directive 2014/95/EU as regards disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large undertakings and groups, as of 2017. Also, there are 6 countries that have already introduced laws requesting big companies to publish their CSR report (Norway, Denmark, France, The Netherlands, Australia and India). 

Future Developments

Pressure is growing for companies, on government side and on consumer side

The business environment is evolving rapidly today with an increasing globalization phenomenon due to higher transport availability and to the revolution in communication. This also leads to a more aggressive competition. On the other hand, our planet is threatened with natural resources declining and climate change. This leads to an increasingly strict legislation for the private sector.

In this context, the need for transparency is growing, on the side of consumers, investors, employees or NGOs. All these stakeholders are ever more informed and more demanding. As companies play a crucial role in today’s market place, they are expected to address social and environmental aspects in balance with economic stability.


What are the benefits of sustainability?


Why work with us?

Customized services

We adapt to your needs: by listening to understand your particular situation, by designing CSR programs that meet your requirements and by being fast and flexible

Clarity

We commit to clarity by providing relevant content; by integrating practical initiatives and by delivering well-substantiated communications

Competency

We are growing our expertise every day to develop our capabilities, by integrating in our daily activities intensive research on the latest advancements in Sustainability and Social Responsibility.

Our Solutions

We will provide the main sustainability-related facts that are needed for the development of successful strategies and informed business decisions.

Business-minded approach

We always keep in mind your vision and mission as a business and respect your priorities and internal operations

Cost-saving attitude

We understand sustainability as one of the main triggers for driving savings and improve resource efficiency

Creating new opportunities

We pay special focus to all the solutions that provide opportunities to gain more customers and to grow the market