|Towards sustainability and CSR in Naturefriends houses|
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was a very abstract concept for many of the participants before the first CSR workshop for Naturefriends houses. Naturefriends live social and ecological values and have international guiding principles for houses, so many CSR activities are already implemented in Naturefriends houses. However, the houses managers are often not aware of this and thus don't communicate it to the public.
Good Practice CSR Reports:
Between 2011 and 2013, the EU project "Train to change" first trained CSR trainers according to TourCert standards who then trained CSR managers in eight Naturefriends houses in turn. Often it was only necessary to analyse activities and communicate them to the public. For example, sustainable use of resources and social commitment are already anchored in the Naturefriends houses guiding principles. When it comes to construction, Naturefriends houses strive to meet environmentally friendly standards and use photovoltaic installations, solar panels and automatically regulated showers. However, further effective tools and communication strategies were pointed out to the participants in the two workshops.
In September 2013, the first steps of the CSR reporting process were concluded and the participants successfully completed their CSR-manager training.