Ethical Chart & Corporate Social Responsibility
We can help you to construct and monitor your own CSR project, or you may choose from a catalog of options we would provide or we would be happy to receive your proposition on a CSR project you may wish to pursue and show case the same on this portal.
As an example, we could you the Smart Village India project, and how each one can become part of that fantastic journey.
We are considering the city as a whole, not just the built environment comprised within specific administrative boundary limits, but also the possible urban agglomeration around it, and just the same, possibly, the set of relationships with nearby smaller cities, and more generally, the broad ecosystem from which it gets its energy, material, human resources, food and water, in daily or more periodic interflows. The city is therefore only a particular framing through which can understand and cope with what it will take to make our urban places better in the years to come.
We are dedicated to valuing and contributing to the enhancement of any city in the world, not only the big ones which everybody speak of, but also the smaller ones which in fact gather the majority of the population and which will also impact tomorrow’s quality of life in their own terms.
Cities can also network to share knowledge and commonalities, converge on key issues, collaborate and co-shape solutions for the future, even at a distance : any promising idea, solution, experiment, equipment, event, etc., can become a sharable ingredient for the shaping of our cities today and tomorrow.
Technologies are only means, not ends. They have to be tested and evaluated, constantly revised to make sure they service us, not the opposite. Technology alone rarely solves problem (the « technological fix »), it comes with a price, and often also, co-problems to coped with, possible shortcomings, and in any case choices to be made. Evaluating a technology, or a technology-related innovation in terms of organizations or services, should always involve a form of short term /longer term trade off.
We should not be mesmerized by technological newness in its absolute form (the « first time »), re-inventing, re-discovering and re-experimenting locally and thereupon innovating in plural form and within a multi-contextual, multi-stakeholder perspective is just as necessary.
Innovation is not only about technology, but also social, organizational, cultural innovation. When it is about markets and competitiveness, we should never forget that there are commonalities to identify, protect and value, which if forgotten, often end up undermining even the basis for an innovation to maintain itself successful. This is why privacy, quality of life and dignity are essential values.
Vulnerable groups or categories are to be envisaged with particular care and attention: children, the cognitively or physically impaired, seniors, socially stricken categories. If the perfect city is by definition inaccessible, a smart city is also a place where provisions for caring for vulnerable ones, including animals, should be part of standard concerns, practices and policies.
All stakeholders are equally important to shape the cities of tomorrow : citizens, inhabitants, urban service users are as many roles which individuals can have; but we should not forget collective actors such groups, associations, NGOs and local communities, as well as more formal actors such administrations, governance bodies and policy makers, and finally companies and industries. In that broad understanding of stakeholders, animals and plants should have their room and role as the questions of harmony, nature and biology in the city are also critical values for the Cities of Tomorrow.