13 Feb 2013 Sustainable growth business models, low-carbon economy and industrial changeAdoptedReferences: CESE 1719/2012 - CCMI/104
Rapporteur: Mr Van Iersel (Employers - GR I / Netherlands)Co-rapporteur: Mr Gibellieri (Workers - GR II / Italy) The EESC wishes to highlight changes in mindsets in companies that are paving the way to new or adjusted business models. Sustainability is a strategic issue in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and in similar national initiatives as well as in the preparation of sectoral low-carbon roadmaps at EU level. Changes in the focus and structure of companies and in international value chains are bringing new business models into being.
25 Apr 2012 Cooperatives and restructuringAdoptedReferences: CESE 1049/2012 - CCMI/093
Rapporteur: Ms Zvolska (Employers - GR I / Czech Republic)Co-rapporteur: Mr Olsson (Various interests - GR III / Sweden) With the notable exception of some sectors cooperatives represent a limited part of the European economy. However data reported in this opinion show that in times of crisis cooperatives are more resilient and stable than other forms of enterprise as well as they develop new entrepreneurial initiatives. This can be attributed to the specificity of the cooperative enterprises: their long term approach, their strong territorial roots, their promotion of members’ interests, and their focus on cooperation among themselves. The manifested cooperative excellence is important to disseminate and develop in national and EU policies.