Over the last decade, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been defined first as a concept whereby companies decide voluntarily to contribute to a better society and cleaner environment and, second, as a process by which companies manage their relationship with stakeholders (European Commission, 2001). Nowadays, CSR has become a priority issue on governments' agendas. This has changed governments' capacity to act and impact on social and environmental issues in their relationship with companies, but has also affected the framework in which CSR public policies are designed: governments are incorporating multi-stakeholder strategies. This paper analyses the CSR public policies in European advanced democracies, and more specifically the EU-15 countries, and provides explanatory keys on how governments have understood, designed and implemented their CSR public policies. The analysis has entailed the classification of CSR public policies taking into consideration the actor to which the governments' policies were addressed. This approach to the analysis of CSR public policies in the EU-15 countries leads us to observe coinciding lines of action among the different countries analysed, which has enabled us to propose a 'four ideal' typology model for governmental action on CSR in Europe: Partnership, Business in the Community, Sustainability and Citizenship, and Agora. The main contribution of this paper is to propose an analytical framework to analyse CSR public policies which provide a perspective on the relationships between governments, businesses and civil society stakeholder, and enable us to incorporate the analysis of CSR public policies into a broader approach focused on social governance.

ESADE

Back to home

Albareda Viv, Laura; Lozano Soler, Josep M; Ysa Figueras, Tamyko

Public policies on corporate social responsibility: The role of governments in Europe

09/2007
Over the last decade, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been defined first as a concept whereby companies decide voluntarily to contribute to a better society and cleaner environment and, second, as a process by which companies manage their relationship with stakeholders (European Commission, 2001). Nowadays, CSR has become a priority issue on governments' agendas. This has changed governments' capacity to act and impact on social and environmental issues in their relationship with companies, but has also affected the framework in which CSR public policies are designed: governments are incorporating multi-stakeholder strategies. This paper analyses the CSR public policies in European advanced democracies, and more specifically the EU-15 countries, and provides explanatory keys on how governments have understood, designed and implemented their CSR public policies. The analysis has entailed the classification of CSR public policies taking into consideration the actor to which the governments' policies were addressed. This approach to the analysis of CSR public policies in the EU-15 countries leads us to observe coinciding lines of action among the different countries analysed, which has enabled us to propose a 'four ideal' typology model for governmental action on CSR in Europe: Partnership, Business in the Community, Sustainability and Citizenship, and Agora. The main contribution of this paper is to propose an analytical framework to analyse CSR public policies which provide a perspective on the relationships between governments, businesses and civil society stakeholder, and enable us to incorporate the analysis of CSR public policies into a broader approach focused on social governance.
More Knowledge
Public policies on corporate social responsibility: The role of governments in Europe
Albareda Viv, Laura; Lozano Soler, Josep M; Ysa Figueras, Tamyko
Journal of Business Ethics
Vol. 74, n 4, 09/2007, p. 391 - 407

Download full text (There might be some restrictions due to copyright or licenses)

  • fullText

Related publications

Back to home