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Developing Sustainable Regions through Responsible SME's


Acronym: DESUR


Project duration: January 2012 - September 2014

Aim: The objective of the project is to improve regional policies in order to promote responsible innovation in SMEs throughout the exchange of experiences among all the partners, based on the triple bottom line: PEOPLE-PROFIT-PLANET.

The DESUR project will address the difficulties that SMEs encounter when trying to incorporate social responsibility into their business model. SMEs often lack the resources and awareness necessary to adopt sustainable practices such as respect for the natural environment, removal of barriers and inequalities, lifelong learning, increased productivity, efficient resource usage, a better quality of life for employees, etc.

The DESUR partner region's aim is to develop policies that enable SMEs to adopt sustainable practices in their day to day business. That is, foster eco-innovation in SMEs to increase competitiveness, create quality employment, and be more respectful of the environment."


  • South West Regional Authority (IE)
  • Region Western Macedonia (EL)
  • Province of Bologna (IT)
  • Kaunas University of Technology (LT)
  • Labour fund Zasavje (SI)

Activities of PBN: PBN will analyze  Best Practices so that specific practices in policies and tools can be transferred in the region. Furthermore, PBN will contribute to the production of a Policy Document and will develop an Implementation Plan.

Official project homepage: http://www.desur.eu/hu/
The official homepage of INTERREG IVC Program: www.interreg4c.net

'The project is realized in the INTERREG IVC program with the co-financing of the European Union and Hungary'