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|DERES is a non-profit business organization that promotes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Uruguay.|
|In 1999 the Catholic University of Uruguay along with an important number of business executives were concerned on aligning all information that was rapidly being gathered on CSR around the world. In Uruguay, there was a lack of an organized voice or entity able to give a solid message on to what should be understood as CSR.|
In May 2001, DERES was publicly launched with its main objective: “to promote the CSR concepts and practices in Uruguay, working mainly with the business sector as well as with the civil society and academic sector”.
To develop the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility into the management system of corporations and business organizations in Uruguay.
To create a network of businesses, academic entities and social actors related to the social responsibility issues in order to create:
To create tools in order to facilitate the implementation of CSR into the business management.
DERES members are private and public businesses and corporations as well as universities that operate in Uruguay.
DERES has a Board formed by a minimum of 16 members that lays out the main policies of the organization.
An Executive Committee formed by DERES’ President and 8 more members has the responsibility of carrying out the Boards decisions.
Our members are multinational and local business and corporations that operate in Uruguay. To see a list of our current members, click here.
A various number of WG are open for participation of any employee belonging to a DERES member company.
The WG propose different activities and initiatives that respond to the needs of companies in issues related to CSR.
In order to accomplish its Mission, DERES undertakes a whole series of actions and activities in order to facilitate the knowledge and awareness of CSR in Uruguay.Some of these activities include:
DERES offers a series of open conferences in which an invited speaker gives a lecture on a specific CSR topic. These speakers are mainly from abroad and are accompanied by a local business executive who gives the local point of view in order to show that CSR can well be practiced in the Uruguayan context.
Through an agreement with the newspaper “El Observador”, business executives and directors belonging to DERES company members, have the chance to write a column in which they can express their concern on CSR and the relationship that exists between CSR and the business case. These columns ca be read in our website.
We publish toolkits that help understand what the CSR issue is about, facilitating business executives to implement business practices in their companies.
We have at the moment published 3 of these toolkits:
These toolkits can be downloaded (only available in Spanish) from our website at no cost. For downloading, click here
DERES publishes the only CSR Magazine in Uruguay distributed every 3 months amongst the most important business opinion leaders. DERES Magazines covers the most important CSR events, activities and news that take place in Uruguay as well as abroad. With a series of interviews and case studies, DERES Magazine is an excellent instrument to be informed of the CSR status in Uruguay.
In our website, we collect a great number of CSR actions and programs undertaken by local companies or Uruguayan based multinationals. In this CSR Case Bank, one can see what the different companies are doing in various areas such as community development, environment protection, responsible marketing, responsible labor practices, etc. The idea of this “bank” is to show the business community and society as a whole what is being done locally regarding CSR practices.
Convinced that the “future decision makers” should get involved in CSR during their early years, DERES continuously offers lectures to graduate and post graduate university students.
DERES also promotes contests for the presentation of “CSR Papers” for university students and professors. DERES and the ISO 26000 Standard.
DERES is a member of the Uruguayan Mirror Committee on the ISO 26000 standard on “Social Responsibility” having participated in the international ISO meetings of Salvador (Brazil) and Sydney (Australia).
As a means for creating awareness and preparation for the Standard, DERES and the Catholic University of Uruguay in coordination with UNIT (ISO Standard Body Member in Uruguay) offer a training course on the implementation of CSR practices.
CSR Network – International tiesDERES is member/partner of the following international entities: