Government Policies for Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe: Support and Institutionalization

47 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2012 Last revised: 18 Mar 2013

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Jette Steen Knudsen

Tufts University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Jeremy Moon

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS)

Rieneke Slager

Nottingham University Business School

Date Written: March 12, 2013

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Knudsen, Jette S. and Moon, Jeremy and Slager, Rieneke, Government Policies for Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe: Support and Institutionalization (March 12, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2176347 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2176347

Jette S. Knudsen (Contact Author)

Tufts University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy ( email )

Medford, MA 02155
United States

Jeremy Moon

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) ( email )

Jubilee Campus
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Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom
+44 0 115 9514781 (Phone)

Rieneke Slager

Nottingham University Business School ( email )

Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

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