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A good example of CSR working properly

EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor's speech at the Ceremony for the Signature of the European Charter for the development of social initiatives in stations by seven new members
Brussels, 9 February 2012

The Charter is a good example of corporate social responsibility working properly. It addresses a pressing social problem, and it is concrete in its aims and commitments. An important element is your outreach to other stakeholders. This inclusive approach is very important. I welcome your voluntary commitment to trying to improve the overall urban environment. Railway stations are a place of work, business and activity essential to daily life and to the health of our economies. They are also often a destination for people who have nowhere else to go. Among them are certainly homeless people and we are seeing, again this winter, that homelessness is a painful problem of our societies: dozens of people are freezing to death across Europe because they have nowhere to go. But stations are not only a "home" for homelessness, often they serve as a refuge for people with drink and drug problems or problems with mental health, newly-arrived migrants or even young people who were drawn to seek their future in a city but did not find it. The present economic crisis cannot be an excuse to abandon the commitment to progressively implement the right to live free of poverty. The EU stands ready to help not only through mutual learning, policies and legislation, but also with significant financial support through the EU funds. The positive and active approach you have taken in this Charter is therefore particularly important. The Charter and its ethos fit well with the Commission's approach to social inclusion. More broadly speaking, the approach of the Charter also fits well with that of the Europe 2020 strategy, which sets out a model for sustainable growth with a strong social dimension. I would like to invite you to expand these innovations as a model for train stations elsewhere in Europe and hope we will see further development of the good work we have done so far. For example, we could elaborate a code of good conduct for dealing with homeless and socially excluded people in stations; help to develop similar initiatives in metro systems; increase the visibility of your initiative at European and national levels and expand the valuable training up for station staff.