Under the Discerno project co-funded by the European Commission, CEEP together with several national partners and experts raised the question of how to evaluate CSR in public services. After much reflection and analysis, a methodology based on 6 dimensions and a set of around 50 key questions was developed.

The evaluation for the CEEP-CSR Label is structured around 6 framework dimensions: Relation with economic stakeholders, links with municipalities and other stakeholders, respect of the environment as an ecosystem, corporate governance, socially responsible behaviours and respect of international standards.


The self-assessment tool, the first step to apply for the label, consists of a set of around 50 questions structured in the 6 chapters mentioned above (the exact number of questions depends on the size of the applicants or the sector of operation). Each participant in the assessment tool should then grade their enterprise from 1 to 5 depending if the assertion in the answer is correct or not.


At a second stage, enterprises are asked to support their self-assessment for the evaluation with documents (exact list available here) and present their practices for evaluation by external experts. The experts will rank the Enterprise from 1 to 4 whether the enteprise is re-active or pro-active for each of the highlighted issues.

Finally, a jury will evaluate the work of the experts and assess the innovativeness of the enterprises.