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What is the Solidarity Company Seal and how to request it

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In the climate emergency context in which we find ourselves, sustainability is not a fad but a global necessity, and investors know it. According to Rethinking, listening, collaborating: report on reporting, transparency and sustainability of brands, prepared by the Leading Brands of Spain Forum (FMRE), nine out of ten respondents confirm that investors increasingly request to know environmental criteria, social and corporate governance that companies possess.

At the same time, this is a concern shared by consumers, as is unanimously evident in the different studies carried out by organizations ranging from the Edelman confidence barometer to the data periodically published by entities such as the Organization of Consumers and Users ( OCU).

The companies, aware of this change of interests on the part of investors and citizens, have placed sustainability in a priority place in their communications. So, amid the onslaught of ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ products, how do you distinguish the companies that truly make a positive impact from those that just do a green facelift? With independent seals that certify it and give all stakeholders the assurance that they are contributing to environmental and social change.

The Third Sector Platform has just opened the period to request the Solidarity Company Seal, which accredits those companies that seek to generate a positive impact on society by checking the Solidarity Company Box in the Corporate Tax. This is a voluntary contribution with which organizations can allocate 0.7% of their corporate tax to finance projects managed by Third Sector entities aimed at guaranteeing the rights of citizens, fighting poverty, social exclusion and inequality.

As we explained to you a few months ago, it is a box that has been present since the 2018 tax period and that has helped to obtain funds to improve the situation of the more than thirteen million people who live in a situation of social exclusion in our country. . Thanks to the companies that marked it, in that first year more than 24 million euros were raised for social purposes, an amount that has been increasing in subsequent years, reaching a total of 33 and 36.6 million euros in 2019 and 2020, respectively. This year, 186 million euros in total collection could be reached, according to the estimate of the Ministry of Finance.

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Thus, thanks to this new certification, citizens can recognize that a company is socially responsible and defends a responsible business model, which is focused on generating a positive social impact and benefits that go beyond the economic.

How to apply for the Solidarity Company Seal

The Solidarity Company Seal can only be obtained if the Solidarity Company Box has been checked and, therefore, only companies that can certify it may apply.

As announced by the Third Sector Platform – the only organization that will validate the seal – the period to request it is now open, with the aim that interested companies can value their decision to generate a positive impact on society and communicate it with accuracy to their clients.

The request must be made electronically through the web, from now and before March 2023. In order to obtain the seal, companies will have to demonstrate that they have checked the Solidarity Company Box in their Corporation Tax and fill in a model responsible statement.

Once the requirements have been verified, the Third Sector Platform will share the seal in different formats to facilitate its use and application. Thus, the companies that obtain it will be able to freely use it in their communication actions, including it next to the logo or name of the company, on their website, on their social networks or in their email signature. At the same time, they may also use it in their communications with their clients and with the media, with other companies or entities in the public and private sectors.

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The best contents of the week in MuyPymes

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We end one more Sunday with a new summary of the best content that we have published in MuyPymes, a classic where you will find the most important news of the week and you can catch up with just a few clicks. As always, we wish you a good Monday.

  • Where can I use the newborn, euro digital?
  • The State plans to increase spending on technology by 12% this year.
  • Online sales will increase in Spain by 20%.
  • Seven out of 10 ICT companies will increase their workforce in Spain.
  • These are the growth prospects for the label market in 2023.
  • Sony updates its camera catalog with the new 4K PTZ.
  • Apple will release a new iPad Mini later this year.
  • Epson expands its catalog of projectors with new 3LCD 4KE models.
  • Apple is working on a flexible iPad, and it could arrive next year.
  • Flexible remuneration, that great unknown.
  • These are the trends that will mark 2023 in the organization of events.
  • Titbit raises 150,000 euros in its second investment round.
  • Getac introduces the S410 laptop and F110 tablet, two ruggedized and powerful 5G-enabled computers.
  • Epson presents its new EB series video projectors.
  • How to choose hosting and domain for my website.
  • Brother expands its catalog of two-inch ticket and label printers.
  • Samsung presents the new Galaxy Book3.
  • What can we expect about cybersecurity, in the coming months.
  • Artificial Intelligence: how will it affect jobs?
  • Microsoft is starting to show full-screen Microsoft 365 ads.
  • Do you want to help children in vulnerable situations?
  • Microsoft Teams is integrated into the Elgato Stream Deck.

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Barcelona offers 200,000 euros to the project that reduces the accident rate of motorcycles

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Barcelona City Council has launched a challenge for companies, startups, universities and innovation centers to present urban solutions that have as objective reduce motorcycle-related accidents. The chosen projects, which will be applied in the city, are part of the Barcelona Innova Lab Mobility initiative that promotes pilot tests to improve mobility.

Barcelona is one of the European cities with a greater presence of motorcycles and mopeds which represent 33% of the total census of vehicles, and motorcycle drivers account for 86% of the seriously injured, according to the balance of road accidents for the first half of 2022. With the aim of reducing accidents and increasing road safety in the city, these entities have launched this initiative to find and apply innovative solutions on the streets of the city, with the collaboration of the Tomorrow.Mobility show organized by Fira and the EIT Urban Mobility (European Union initiative).

The challenge, launched internationally, counts with an economic endowment of 200,000 euros, which will correspond to a maximum of 80% of the total amount of the winning solutions. The projects can be aimed at resolving the accident rate from behavioral innovation, that is, with solutions related to driving habits, and from technological innovation.

The execution time of the selected proposals is 18 months, of which the pilot phase must be a minimum of six. The proposals must be applicable in a real environment in the short term and must define, in this sense, its deployment space. In addition, it must achieve quantifiable results in relation to the safety of motorcyclists and third parties, which are lasting over time. Its innovative and differential component will also be valued both in the methodologies and resources used and in its execution.

This call is aimed at companies, startups, universities, research centers, technology centers, associations and foundations that have until next March 1 to present their projects. A committee of experts will assess the technical quality of the works presented and will choose the winning solutions that could be applied in Barcelona during that same year. The projects will have international projection with their participation in the next edition of Tomorrow.Mobility, which will be held next November together with the Smart City Expo World Congress at Fira de Barcelona.

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Microsoft Teams integrates into Elgato Stream Deck

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The Elgato Stream Deck is a very interesting peripheral that we had the opportunity to analyze at the time, and that allows you to create different shortcuts and functions that will be associated to each of the available buttons. It allows you to create different usage profiles, and we can switch between them in a very simple way.

For example, we can assign to a button that directly opens a web page, to run a specific application, to perform a specific action and we can also set specific commands and download completely free applications. It is a very interesting solution, especially for professionals who are dedicated to content creation and streaming.

The point is that the Redmond giant has released an official plugin that allows you to integrate an Elgato Stream Deck device with Microsoft Teams. This plugin was announced by the American company earlier this week, but it was officially launched yesterday. The installation process is quite simple, but we can find more information in the official Microsoft forums.

Once installed, we can use the Elgato Stream Deck to access shortcuts and specific functions that will improve our user experience with Microsoft Teams. Thus, for example, we can blur the background in a video call by pressing a button, and we can also assign other specific functions such as raising and lowering our hand, muting ourselves, recording, and even to show live reactions during meetings.

This new plugin enhances the value of the Elgato Stream Deck, making it a very interesting solution for those who work remotely and have to participate in frequent video calls and events. Obviously it is still an excellent option for content creators and streaming professionals as well. I remind you that it is available in different versions, and that the standard MK.2 model with 15 buttons is priced at €149.99.

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