THE OBJECTIVES OF AEREC
The European Academy for Economic and Cultural Relations was established as a Department of the National Body for the Development of Industry, Commerce and Handicrafts constituted in 1981 with the aim of promoting the Italian industry in the world by means of economic and cultural exchanges with international organizations and institutions.
For this purpose, the Academy acts as an initiation and promotion point of meetings and events meant to promote the exchange of ideas and professional and business projects in Italy and abroad, directly or by means of cooperation with Italian and foreign institutions like universities and institutions of economic development and promotion.
Since its establishment, the Academy has become a reference point for those professionals and entrepreneurs who wish to broaden their horizons beyond the national boundaries, encouraging the creation of joint ventures with traders from other countries, predominantly in course of development.
The Academy is proud to include among its members high profile cultural, human, scientific and professional personalities identified through a scrupulous activity of selection and from different economic sectors. This has allowed a dialogue between academicians on various professional and business issues with the aim of developing business opportunities that, recalling the slogan launched by the President, Ernesto Carpintieri, can create the conditions of "doing good by doing oneself good"!
The theme of solidarity is the second, but not least as importance, of the aims pursued by the Academy by means of the Onlus Organization "Missione Futuro" that promotes social and humanitarian projects with the support of academicians, financing as well important initiatives in countries of the Third World.
The third objective of the Academy is the constant search of the moral and cultural identity of its members by offering them opportunities to meet and exchange ideas on various themes, which by means of their challenging features help to keep up the constant personal and professional commitment of the academicians.
THE AMBASSADOR ACADEMICIAN OF A SUPPORTIVE GLOBALIZATION THAT PROMOTES THE INTERNATIONALIZATION OF ENTERPRISES AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COOPERATION AND OF THE SOLIDARITY AS A MEANS OF A BETTER WORLD.
For some time now, the business community has embarked on the road of international dialogue, particularly in Europe, where the EU enlargement process has included and will shortly include countries having different ways of development of the production and distribution system, of social and trade relations.
For all the operators, therefore, whether these are professionals or entrepreneurs who operate on the domestic or international markets, there is the problem of maintaining a high level of competitiveness and commitments which should be socially responsible.
Following this dual requirement, a movement of opinion has recently emerged, which has favored the birth and the gradual but still insufficient development of an entrepreneurial culture oriented towards a "social responsibility" of those doing business with respect both to the environment where one operates and to the people with whom one operates.
Taking into account this aspect, the Academy and its members feel like close-up actors as the academician was acknowledged as such, because it shares the principles behind this way of doing business!
"We do good by doing ourselves good" means seizing the opportunity to internationalize the entrepreneurs toward areas of the world where the business develops better but without that "predatory" attitude which often has characterized the commercial penetration in some states by companies of the Western world in the past.
AEREC is committed to promoting the Italian entrepreneurship in the world but the real goal is to gather professionals and entrepreneurs who are committed to facilitate a balanced and supportive development in those countries of the Third World which, although less fortunate than ours can give traders a double opportunity: to do a productive and profitable business and, simultaneously, to promote the improvement of living standards of people through the development of employment and promotion of humanitarian initiatives.
A strong sense of solidarity and of commitment to humanitarian initiatives has always characterized the profile of the academician of AEREC.
The characteristic of solidarity is essential for the business and professional features of the members of the Academy while adhering to the principles of ethics and aware entrepreneurship promoted by AEREC who share the need to witness a concrete and tangible effort to improve the living conditions of the populations of the states of the Third World.
"Missione Futuro Onlus" is the organizational structure that embodies all the social and humanitarian initiatives promoted by the European Academy for Economic and Cultural Relations.
Since its establishment, many projects were organized and conducted for this purpose, either through the simple raise of funds or by means of direct operations.
Some examples are the various intervention projects in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Egypt and Nigeria, the "Project Family" and the project concerning the children of Brazil.
In this activity of solidarity, "Missione Futuro Onlus" and AEREC want to witness the conviction that in order to promote a real development of the populations of the less developed areas, isolated acts of aid are no longer sufficient but we must activate a work schedule that beyond the resources of first necessity could provide to the needy people involved opportunities and resources on which to build a stable future.
It is necessary to create the conditions so that the peoples concerned can grow, increase their culture and, above all, have the opportunity to work, which is the primary source of dignity of the individual.
Precisely on this ethical vision it is based the identity of the academician as a professional and as an entrepreneur who through its activities promotes solidarity and provides the opportunity for others to acknowledge themselves and develop in the dignity of work.
THE ACADEMY FOR A RESPONSIBLE AND ETHICAL ENTERPRISE
The economic crisis that has long been on the national and international markets poses a problem of competitiveness of enterprises from both the point of view of prices and the major socio- environmental obligations in the countries with the highest development index. This has led companies to seek methods of "export" of the production processes, with particular reference to those of major "negative impact" with the result of bringing elsewhere the "harmful" effects of these processes.
Such conduct has not taken into account that the forced export of the production processes in areas of underdevelopment has produced a negative impact that, for several reasons, was by far superior to the assumed ones for the resident population.
Taking into account that, it emerges as unavoidable the need and the urgency to seek ways to facilitate the direct commitment by companies of a social responsibility aiming at introducing in the ways of operating abroad, particularly in underdeveloped areas, the ethical respect of work and of the impact that the business activities will have on the culture, the society and the economy of the countries involved.
Out of these considerations, it emerged the awareness of the need to pursue paths of “sustainable internationalization” expressing a willingness to consider as priority actions for social and environmental impact of the economic operators, in particular when they operate on foreign markets.
The ethics of a "sustainable internationalization" is evident in the same concept of internationalization that, beyond its purely "commercial" meaning, can also be substantially explained as a moment of encounter between different cultures (including financial ones) that facilitate the search for points of contact and affinity while respecting the different ethical and social systems.
Searching for the right profit without violating ethical and environmental values freely defined by enterprises means taking a path toward a new way of doing business in which the cultural element becomes crucial since the criterion of "sustainability" becomes an ethical imperative and a behavioural guide for all the activities of the company, both inside and outside!
Such conduct will do good by doing good to the company as well!
In order to promote the purposes of the Academy and the process of internationalization of the Italian enterprises that intend to invest abroad, AEREC established the International Business Commission as a body intended to encourage and support this process, especially in countries where long collaborations and humanitarian interventions have already been set up.
The aim is to give the opportunity to initiate contacts with the authorities of the countries concerned, but also to ensure specialized technical assistance and specialty advice to optimize the results of the economic operations.
In short, the Commission initiated a partnership with a body based in Brussels which will provide specialty advice on EU funding in favour of entrepreneurship.