Coordinator - UNIWERSYTET LODZKI
The University of Lodz was founded in May 1945 and is one of the leading public higher education institutions in Poland. The University employs over 2.500 academic teachers. The 12 faculties of the University provide programmes in 60 fields of study, 170 specialisations and 90 postgraduate programmes including an MBA programme and host around 28000 students. The University of Lodz promotes and initiates activities related to social responsibility. It was among the first universities in Poland that signed the Declaration of Social Responsibility. We are the first public university in Poland that signed the Diversity Charter. Through a variety of projects, as University Diversity, the UL builds academic community around the values of respect for cultural, religious and diverse identities as well as social sensitivity.
We aim at integrating and sharing our di versity also with local community and business - in this way the university makes a difference to the social and economic well-being through the research, teaching activities and public events. The University is repeatedly ranked among the top higher education institutions in Poland, and it especially excels in such fields of study as management, law, and economics.
UL has gained experience and reputation as a reliable research project coordinator and partner. Currently UL is conducting over 450 research projects financed from external sources, among which are European Commission, National Science Centre, National Centre for Research and Development, Ministry of Science and Higher Education and others. UL has participated in a number of international programmes including: EC Framework Programmes, EUREKA, COST, ERA-NET, Life +, Erasmus +, Horizon summer schools and study visits in Poland as well as abroad: China, India, USA, Brazil and Europe).
Faculty contributing to Senima project is Faculty of Economics and Sociology. Among faculty Staff there are experts in various research funding institutions, i.e. the National Centre for Research and Development, National Science Centre. The scientific problems conducted by the research staff from eight institutes concern: vocational education, employability and competitiveness of young and old citizens, strategic human resource management, competence management, methods for assessing individual and team effects of work, economic phenomena forecasting and optimization, micro- and mesoeconomic problems, statistical and operation research analyses, techniques of mathematical modelling and simulation, decision optimization, application of computer science in education, tele-education (Institute of Logistics and Informatics), sociology of social structure, sociology of education, sociology of family, sociology of childhood, methodological analyses of research procedures and techniques, educational policy versus social policy, transformations of higher education, labour market of university graduates, science and higher education, cultural definitions of gender and identification of gendering manifestation in various fields, phenomenon of space gendering (Institute of Sociology), statistical methods and their application, market statistical research; mathematical models, methods of data analysis, stochastic modelling of demographic processes (Institute of Statistics and Demography). the Faculty of Management that carry out research in management-related Sciences in cooperation with international partners, according to best regional and international practice.
LT Synergy LTD
L.T. Synergy was established as a result of its founders’ view on the significance and positive effects of the application of proper corporate governance, risk and compliance (GRC) practices and principles, on organizations of all sizes.
L.T. Synergy works with companies as a partner, enabling them to identify long term synergies and interrelationships between their operating models and proper and actionable corporate governance practices, strengthening their innate ability to become efficient, effective, sustainable and adaptable. The company’s mission is to support organizations in their journey to transform and grow in their market and become better for their shareholders, stakeholders and society, by promoting the application of proper corporate governance, risk and compliance principles and practices.
CSONGRAD COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Csongrád-Csanád County (CSMKIK) has existed for more than 130 years and counts 1000 voluntary members from the fields of trade, industry, service and crafts. Since registration of businesses is obligatory by law, the Chamber has direct access to approx. 33 000 enterprises in the region.
Operating as a business council and public body, its primary duty is economic development and general business representation. The role of the Chamber is to help businesses by improving the entrepreneurial environment, providing economic analyses and forecasts, offering entrepreneurial trainings, managerial competence development and business matchmaking, as well as organizing thematic events and conferences. Furthermore, the Chamber strives to build credible and authentic business relationships and provides consultations on legal questions, taxation, financial, IPR, quality management and other issues. Great emphasis is put on increasing the cooperation between enterprises, boosting their competitiveness and helping them develop and go international.
The Chamber hosts the regional office of the European Commission’s Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), which helps businesses innovate and grow on an international scale. It is also the world’s largest support network for SMEs with international ambitions.
PCX COMPUTERS & INFORMATION SYSTEMS LTD
PCX Computers & Information Systems Ltd is a Cypriot SME, with high expertise in applying innovative technology solutions in education. It was established in 1998 in the beginning of educational reformation due to Technology and World Wide Web development.
As an ICT consulting company, PCX has the capacity and the knowledge to promote the benefits of the application of ICT solutions and the adoption of digital solutions at enterprise and educational level.
Its core business is focused on 3 main lines of expertise:
- Consulting & Advising: Highly specialized services to support SMEs development;
- Education & Training: Innovative training methods and tools, training materials and contents’ production on different areas of business development;
- Specialised software development and web designing and development.
EUROCERT - European Inspection and Certification Company S.A
EUROCERT constitutes a Greek multinational Inspection and Certification company, with 24 years of operation that follows a dynamic growth path on a worldwide scale, based on the commitment to total quality of the services provided.
EUROCERT, as an independent body for Inspections, Audits and Certifications is the largest purely Greek company in the field. Having developed a high level of know-how and experi- ence in the global market, it offers more than 60 Certification and Inspection services in sectors including food safety, agricultural products, tourism, energy management, environ- mental sustainability and railways. For the past 24 years, EUROCERT follows a steady growth course both in Greece and abroad, having already carried out 40,000 industrial Inspections and having awarded 55,000 certificates. With an active presence in more than 40 countries, a network comprising of more than 500 Greek and foreign inspectors, EUROCERT is the first Greek Certification company to be accredited by the ESYD (National System Accreditation
– Greece), UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UK) and SAAS (Social Account- ability Accreditation Services – USA).
In addition, in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility, EUROCERT has introduced in co- operation with CSR Hellas, the worldwide innovative “Ethos” certificate.
In spite of the crisis EUROCERT managed to apply a stable financial plan during the past decade that enabled it to almost double its turnover and more than triple both its perma- nent staff and its partnerships abroad. Today EUROCERT’s turnover out of the Greek ter- ritory accounts for 50% of the total and is equally impressive as its investment program since 2009, including the purchase of 2.5 million Euro worth company-owned offices in Metamorphosis (Attica).
Ever since its establishment, EUROCERT has built a wide international network of associ- ates and customers, boosting its intense activity in Europe, Asia and the MENA. Having obtained the trust of some of the largest companies operating in the Greek and interna- tional markets, EUROCERT’s business interest is now oriented mainly towards the Asian and South American markets. The new big bet is already China, where he managed to enter a few months ago by creating a joint venture in Shanghai with the Shanghai System Safety Research Center (SSSRC) for certification of all kinds of infrastructure and material around the railways. The SSSRC is the Southwest Jiaotong University business institute, the oldest Polytechnic of China, with special railway expertise and industry interfaces.
The aim of this cooperation is to provide, with the decisive contribution of EUROCERT, cer- tification to the Chinese railway industry, based on EU standards and legislation, in order to facilitate the China-Europe rail link to the so-called “Silk Road” . This is a huge prospect given that China has 127,000 km of rail network and 3,095 km of Metro, Tram, etc., with an annual investment of around 150 billion euros and a large number of manufacturers of modern rolling stock. The latter are also targeting the sale of rolling stock in Europe. And to do so, they need certification that everything is done according to European legislations and standards. Something that EUROCERT, which has been recognized by the European Union as a Notified Body (NoBo) for rail infrastructure and rolling stock, can give them.
At the same time, however, the company has managed to have a significant presence in countries such as Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, India and to certify important projects and international companies. Some of these are the airports of Kuwait, Jordan, Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Abu Dhabi, Egypt and Morocco, an international oil company in Kuwait, a Swiss catering company for airlines and railways, logistics companies in Washington, , an elevator maker in China, high-tech companies in Korea, performs BRC certification in food, in the US, in cooperation with AIB, the largest food control body, and has a strategic partnership with Turkey with the Turkish Standards Organization (TSE).
At the same time, EUROCERT expresses a strategic interest in the huge market of agricul- tural products in Brazil.
EUROCERT is established overseas as the trusted body of Audits, Inspections and Certifi- cations, having secured worldwide presence and major international accreditations. By adopting a continuous development policy, EUROCERT has evolved into one of the most successful Greek multinational companies, with extrovert strategic planning, offering high added value and innovation.
PRISM Impresa Sociale s.r.l.
PRISM is a non-for-profit Social Enterprise with the mission to create equal opportunities for the responsive progress of societies, communities and people - acting as a qualified development agent, since 2012, with its operational seat in the city of Palermo and its registered office in Enna, Italy.
PRISM represents a co-planning hub, open to public and private actors, for the elaboration of tailored development strategies and interventions, aimed at valorising diversity and sharing the social, cultural and economic resources of local communities, from an international perspective.
PRISM has a wealth of experience in the management of projects with social impact, submission and coordination of local, European Union and international proposals, as well as delivering innovative outputs, related to non-formal education and community development.
PRISM annually assesses its social impact, by evaluating all forms of significant change experienced by individuals and communities, following their involvement in our activities as “co-experts”. The impact considers the enhancement of income and the level of integration in the labour market, innovations in the field of education, social inclusion and relationship changes, the effects on physical and mental health and the general impact on quality of life and well-being.
The main areas of intervention, contributing to increased social impact are:
- Entrepreneurship and Employability
Raising human development and socio-professional integration, while strengthening the European
economic area to stimulate self-employment initiatives and empowering, up-skilling and re-skilling human
resources and efficiency systems.
- Research, Innovation and new technologies
Increasing and enhancing the quality, vitality and creativity of responsive and responsible European action-
research, pursuing context related societal functions - planning and promoting solutions and shared
- Social Cohesion, Equity and Equality
Exploiting empowerment measures in social, economic and educational contexts - seeking to equalize
opportunities, for an inclusive and accessible society for all, based on human rights and gender equality.
- Local Development and Sustainability
Promoting the exchange of good practices towards a sustainable and shared development model of
interventions and services aimed at safeguarding and improving the conditions of the local environments
and the prudent and rational use of natural resources.
- International Cooperation, Mobility and Youth
Improving cross-sectorial and transnational transfer of knowledge and expertise for inclusiveness
management and societal awareness, to explore integrated and structured strategies for smart, sustainable
and inclusive global growth.