COFME signed the manifesto after the INNOVAPD National Innovation Congress, held in Madrid on 18 September.
It is an urgent task to promote the competitiveness of Spain in an inclusive and sustainable way. Therefore, the Association for the Progress of Management has invited companies, organizations and managers to commit to 10 principles set out in this document.
A state pact should guarantee increasing funding for R&D&I, with the aim of reaching 3% of GDP. The stimulation and recognition of individual creativity should be introduced into the education system, making known the tools and mechanisms for innovation. New ways of university-industry collaboration must be defined in order to innovate in a practical way. Talent systems must be created in the companies in order to identify the professionals with the greatest innovative capacity, share knowledge and promote innovation habits. Innovative scientists and entrepreneurs should be recognised and their proposals and demands listened to. It is necessary to assume error and failure in the innovative process, and as natural components of the culture and economy of entrepreneurship. Spain needs financing tools adapted to innovative projects and new mechanisms to help SMEs incorporate innovation into their processes. It is essential to improve public and private governance in R&D&I, as well as the international opening of the innovation system to seek synergies with other countries and companies.
With the signing of the manifesto and the assumption of these principles, COFME is once again at the forefront of innovation in the electricity sector, with a firm commitment to progress initiatives.
The COFME Group consists of eight Spanish leading manufacturers in the field of electrical equipment: CELO, DAISALUX, FERMAX, SACI, SALICRU, SODECA, SOFAMEL and SOLERA.