Government Policies for Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe: Support and Institutionalization
47 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2012 Last revised: 18 Mar 2013
Date Written: March 12, 2013
This paper analyses policies of twenty two EU member governments designed to encourage corporate social responsibility (CSR) over the first decade of the century. Our paper categorizes policies for CSR into different types depending on their expected degree of regulatory strength. Secondly, whilst it identifies a wide range of issues to which government CSR policies are directed, it notes a tendency for these to have expanded from social affairs and employment issues, through environmental issues, to economic and trade and development issues. Thirdly, governments act as agents in their respective institutional structures to embed CSR concerns explicitly into these frameworks.
Keywords: comparative Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), government policies, Europe
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