Responsible Innovation and business strategy: presentation and discussion of the PRISMA project roadmap at the Italian National Standard Body

How can companies design long-term strategies to improve the social value of their research and innovation processes as well as their overall social performance? This question was debated in Milan on a two half-days co-creative dialogue event (30-31 October) organised by the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in collaboration with the Italian Association for Industrial Research (AIRI) and the Italian National Standard Body (UNI).

 As suggested by the title of the workshop, “A roadmap to foster social value in business, research and innovation strategies”, the discussion focused on practices and methodologies needed to integrate issues of social responsibility and responsible research and innovation (RRI) in companies.

Eight companies collaborating in the European PRISMA project (Piloting RRI in Industry) presented real-life experiences as “RRI pilots”. These companies, all using transformative technologies, are: Archa Srl & Techa Srl and Colorobbia (nanotechnology), Evolva and Bisigodos (synthetic biology), RDM Group and Aerialtronics (autonomous vehicles) and HAT and Spectro BV (Internet of Things). Several other companies, industry managers and business leaders, research institutions, standard and certification organisations also participated in the event.

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In total 60 participants discussed the RRI-CSR PRISMA Roadmap, a methodology being developed to assist companies in defining strategies for taking greater account of social values and impacts in research and innovation processes. The discussion included issues of risk management, quality, innovation management, practices and standards in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR). For this reason, the importance of UNI collaboration.

For more information on the development of the RRI-CSR PRISMA Roadmap and on the project please visit the PRISMA website For more information on the co-creation dialogue, please read the event booklet.

 

 

RRI in industry: finding the right tools for the job

“In the sphere of industrial innovation, where time is money and resources are scare, there is a reason to believe that hurdles between hearing about RRI and doing RRI are too manu and too high” wrote Dr. Pim Klaasen, from . On his blog, posted at the RRI Tools Blog (26.07.2018), Dr. Pim describes the work developed in the PRISMA Project to change this reality.

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In the PRISMA RRI Toolkit a small cumber of relatively easy-to-use tools were collected, to help innovative companies, specially those working in SMEs and on emerging technologies, to flesh-out some of the RRI’s essentials.

To provide some guidance in advance, the tools are classified as contributing to one or more of the following purposes:

  • Opening up to the world
  • Thinking of the future
  • Taking care of people and planet

These are the three areas of the PRISMA’s Responsibility Map.

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Depending on the area of interest, different kinds of tools can be found in the Toolkit. Most of the tools are organizes along the three areas of the PRISMA’s Responsibility Map.

 

 

From Corporate Social Responsibility to Responsible Innovation

Ibo van de Poel, from TU Delft and Coordinator of the PRISMA project, wrote recently a blog mentioning that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become an established concept, but increasingly corporate social responsibility also extends to the innovation process of new technology, i.e. Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

In the blog posted in the CSR Netherlands website, on the 20.06.2018, the PRISMA project is briefly presented, and a special focus is given to the Toolkit, developed by the project team, which aims to assist companies that want to work with  RRI.

RIVM reflects along how companies can innovate responsibly

On the 6th of December, 2017, RIVM posted a blog at the National Institute of Public Health and Environment Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport website.

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The blog focus on the workshop that RIVM organized on ” Safe Innovation of nanotechnology and Biotechnology”, within the Stakeholder Dialogue event “Setting the agenda of RRI in Industry”, organized by ITAS/KIT and held in Berlin, on the 20-21st November 2017.