In the EU-27, 99% of companies are small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) and they employ two thirds of European workers (European Commission Oct. 2010). An individual SME may have small social, environmental and financial impact; collectively SMEs have a great impact.
More than 70% of all pollution can be attributed to SMEs (European Union, 2010; Hillary, 2004). Therefore, SMEs are key players in achieving sustainability. However, SMEs lack the knowledge regarding sustainability problems (i.e. confusion over what sustainability is, which process to follow to introduce sustainability into their businesses, what are the potential benefits, etc.).
At the same time, their staff do not have the experience or tools to address sustainable issues and need to be educated and trained about sustainability principles if they are to take a proactive approach toward sustainability. Moreover, Existing frameworks, standards and protocols to assist companies adopt and implement the sustainability practices are complex, especially for SMEs, since they are designed as “one size fits all” with large enterprises in mind. Therefore, this project, Report ASAP (Adoption of Sustainable Accounting Practices for Reporting), aims to help small and medium size business report on their sustainability by providing them with the necessary training and tools to adopt sustainable accounting and reporting practices in a cost-effective way.
This project will provide the necessary training and tools for SMEs staff in six (6) countries: Uk, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Greece.
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