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Corporate Social Responsibility in Spain: An Overview

14 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2005  

Domenech Mele

University of Navarra - IESE Business School


In Spain, as in many other European countries, there is a growing movement in favor of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Spanish companies consider corporate reputation, competitive advantage and industry trends to be the major driving forces of CSR. However, these factors are closely related to other cultural, social and political influences. Initiatives undertaken by the EU and international organizations have influenced companies' decision to implement CSR. Associations and forums that bring together the heads of leading corporations, business schools and other academic institutions, NGOs and the media are actively promoting CSR in Spain. Although the degree of implementation of CSR in Spain is still moderate, initiatives in this field from some of the country's most respected companies augur promising developments in CSR in the near future.

Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility, Spain, Business Ethics

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Mele, Domenech, Corporate Social Responsibility in Spain: An Overview. IESE Business School Working Paper No. 543. Available at SSRN: or

Domenech Mele (Contact Author)

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