BEST Third Transnational Meeting

The third transnational meeting in the frame of the BEST project was held on July 11th-12th, 2016 at Birmingham City University, UK. The event was dedicated to developing high quality training materials in the field of Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development. A common template for the training material chapters was discussed, as well as particular issues related to the substantive content and the features of the online training platform. The second part of the meeting was dedicated to clarifying and discussing the possibilities and national context of student internships and volunteering in the social enterprise sector and in CSR initiatives of business. Preliminary research tasks were specified for all researchers involved in the development of the future outputs of the project.

BEST Second Transnational Meeting

The second transnational meeting was held on June 22nd-23rd, 2015 at the University of Thessaly in Volos, Greece. The event was dedicated to presentation of the national-level research in BEST partner countries with the aim to clarify the national contexts and situations and to discuss the transferability of models and good practices regarding CSR and social entrepreneurship.

The researchers present at the meeting discussed and compared the regulation of social business and existing approaches to corporate social responsibility across Europe. BEST researchers recognized that the social aspects of business are not well integrated in business/economics education in the partner countries, with the boundaries between charity, non-for-profit and public activities remaining unclear from both business and academic point of view. National strategies and regulation of the social impact of business, impediments to the growth of social entrepreneurship and best-practice cases from the BEST countries were discussed and considered as an input in the project research report, database and compendium.

BEST First Transnational Project Meeting

The first transnational meeting was hosted by the International School of Law and Business in Vilnius, Lithuania on December 16th – 17th, 2014. The working sessions focused on planning and fine-tuning upcoming project activities, developing quality control mechanism, and clarifying financial and contractual rules for implementation.

A major decision was to develop unified survey questionnaires and templates for national-level research and the collection of best practices. This has ensured that research findings will enable meaningful comparisons across the project countries.