RRI-Roadmap companies

Innovation for a safe and better society!

The overarching goal of the PRISMA project is: 

  • To help companies to implement Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in their innovation and social responsibility strategies,
  • To provide evidence on how RRI can improve innovation processes and products
  • To show how RRI  leads to trust from society (thus strengthening the market position of companies).
  • To develop with standardization bodies a process standard for RRI:  Responsible (Research and)  Innovation  

 

The project has develop a roadmap, consisting of 6 steps, to formulate a roadmap including a  template. In addition, the project has developed a list of KPIs companies can use to formulate or to measure (intended) impact. 

This approach is now a  pre-standardof European Committee for Standardization  (final review: April 2021).

PRISMA also  wins the ‘Best Responsible Innovation Case’ during the  ETHAC  conference 2019

Below you will find all the information including 2 animations.

Roadmap for companies

Based on the experience in eight pilots with companies active in different sectors and technologies, PRISMA developed a practical guideline / roadmap for companies aiming to strengthen consideration of ethical, legal and social impacts (ELSI) aspects in their technology and product development. The PRISMA exemplary roadmap is structured on a set of acknowledged RRI principles, that are operationalized based on three key actions:

  1. Integrate analysis of ethical, legal and social impacts since the early stages of product development (Reflection and Anticipation)
  2.  Perform stakeholder engagement to inform all phases of product development (Inclusiveness)
  3. Integrate monitoring, learning and adaptive mechanisms to address public and social values and normative principles in product development (Responsiveness).

Key Performance Indicators

To embed RRI into business strategies of companies, it is of crucial importance to engage all relevant internal stakeholders. First, you need the commitment of CEOs to get things on the agenda. Next, you should also focus on engagement from other internal key actors and the workforce.

This is easier said than done! But a powerful tactic to kick off the discussions is to review the existing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of the company. How can they be linked to indicators for RRI?

We used this approach in the PRISMA project. As part of the project, we developed a checklist of KPIs for innovation from both an organizational or business point of view and the RRI-perspective. This list is applied to review existing KPIs of the company.

More info on the KPIs and how to use them
We developed KPIs to assess the product and process levels of organizational ongoing R&D and RRI dimensions. This list of 92 KPIs can be customly selected depending on your company’s (or your company’s innovation project) situation. In your case, some KPIs may be relevant and some may not be irrelevant. For example, an organizational KPI could be :

  • The monetary value of the market (existing or potential market) for this project is large, or
  • Marketing and communication of the outcome of this project will emphasize heavily the societal benefits (health, sustainability) of the project.

These can be linked or integrated with KPIs for RRI like, for example:

  • Societal values (privacy, safety, health, security, data ownership, etc.) are actively included in the design process of this project, or
  • Within this project we apply risk identification and risk management strategies to adjust the product.

Hence, from the stack of 92 KPIs, a company’s representatives (managers, researchers / scientists, innovation project participants) can select which KPIs are relevant by categorizing them into three categories

    • Category 1: Yes if the certain KPIs are relevant
    • Category 2: Maybe if certain KPIs may not be relevant at present, but may be relevant in the near future
    • Category 3: No if certain KPIs are irrelevant both at present and in the future

KPIs that fall into Category 3 (No) can be crossed out. The relevant KPIs are those that you have categorized in the first two categories: Yes and Maybe.

Animation: how to formulate a roadmap? The 6 steps explained.

Animation: how to select KPIs? 

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.