About the PRISMA Project

In the PRISMA project we will conduct pilot studies with 8 companies in order to help them to better integrate Responsible innovation in their innovation process and business practices. These pilots will provide case studies and good practices on responsible research and innovation (RRI). On the basis of the pilots, we will develop a roadmap that will help other companies also to integrate RRI in their businesses. Several technological fields will be included in the pilots, namely synthetic biology, nanotechnology, self-driving vehicles, and the internet of things.

Why the PRISMA project?

The responsible development of new products and services is becoming increasingly relevant for companies today. Successful implementation often depends on how well the product connects to existing technological, social and regulatory frameworks. The issue of responsibility is especially pertinent with regard to system innovations that are embedded in complex social and technical environments. Societal challenges, such as growing and ageing populations, accelerating urbanization, resource scarcity, climate change, act as both drivers and challenges for innovators. Most importantly, consumers are increasingly demanding safe, healthy, affordable, as well as socially and environmentally responsible products. Companies react to this challenge by implementing more responsible practices so that they may grow their business, attract the best talent, and remain relevant to their investors.

What is Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)?

Responsible business practices are widely recognized as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In the PRISMA project we want to extent these practices to the Research and Development (R&D) and innovation process of companies. This is called Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). RRI may be defined as ‘on-going process of aligning research and innovation to the values, needs and expectations of society.’ A central idea is that social and ethical issues brought about by new innovations are anticipated and integrated in the innovation and design process from the start. This process creates more value for users and society. Furthermore, because this process encourages timely consideration of potential issues that products may raise, it sidesteps or mitigates scenarios in which companies face public criticism.

Project objectives

The main objectives of our project are:

  • Integration of Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies of 8 companies
  • Providing evidence on how the RRI approach and attention for the gender dimension can improve the innovation process and its outcomes
  • The development and testing of a roadmap that helps industries to implement RRI in their innovation processes as part of their CSR policy in order to deal with uncertain and sometimes partly unknown risks and public and ethical concerns of transformative technologies
  • Broad uptake of this roadmap by companies through, industry associations,  standardization bodies, CSR and branch organizations as well as governments and CSOs.

 

PRISMA: Responsible Research & Innovation in Industry

From pilots to CEN-standard  

The PRISMA project has conducted pilot studies with 8 companies in order to help them to better integrate Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) in their innovation process and business practices. These pilots have provided case studies and good practices on RRI.   

Based on the experience with  eight pilots and consultations with industry and standard organization, PRISMA initiated an upcoming  CEN  (European Committee for Standardization) standard for companies aiming at developing a strategy for Responsible Innovation.

This  standard (also known as RRI-Roadmap)   is aligned with existing standards and policies on risk and innovation management, and corporate social responsibility (CSR), such as the standards ISO 26000, ISO 9001, ISO 31000, ISO 56000.

 

Latest Updates

 

PRISMA Roadmap

Based on the experience with  eight pilots and consultations with industry and standard organization, PRISMA developed a practical guideline and standards for companies aiming at developing a strategy for Responsible Innovation.

The RRI-Roadmap methodology is aligned with existing standards and policies on risk and innovation management, and corporate social responsibility (CSR), such as the standards ISO 26000, ISO 9001, ISO 31000, ISO 56000.

Jointly with CEN, the European Committee for Standardization,  further steps will be initiated regarding the roadmap. See also our press statement.

PRISMA Pilot Results: Cases & Best Practices

The goal of the PRISMA-project was to draw specific lessons about how RRI can be implemented in industry, ranging  from small enterprises to large corporations to consortia with universities. To this end, the  project included cooperation with 8 different companies in the field of  automated cars, internet technology, drones, biotechnology, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology.

The PRISMA Toolkit for Responsible Research & Innovation

The PRISMA Project has delivered a toolkit for small or medium-sized companies that aspire to develop innovative products and services with which genuine societal needs are addressed and a contribution is made to both environmental and economic sustainability.