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Sector-Specific Corporate Responsibility in Europe: The Role of Government

abstract Corporate responsibility (CR) is highly context-dependent. The industry is a key variable in this regard, because it determines the peers and competitors, customers, regulators and other stakeholders who together form an industrial sector. This industry-specific dimension of CR has been lately recognised by a growing number of governments which want to foster CR among businesses while taking into account the issues prevailing in certain industries. A qualitative mxied-method design (online surveys, interviews) was used in order to study sector-specific CR iniitiatives and government involvement in eight countries (Denmark, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the UK) and five industrial sectors (chemicals, construction, ICT, financial services and wholesale and retail). The research was carried out in collaboration with renowned CR scholars from six European universities.

The results were presented at international conferences in Navarra (EBEN Research) and in Orlando (SBE Annual Meeting) and published in a book and a more practice-oriented brochure. Both publications were presented at an event in Brussels on April 23 and discussed with over 80 industry experts from business, politics, adminstration and civil society.

The academic discussion of the results and further aspects of industry-specific CR will be continued in a special issue of the Journal of Business Ethics, edited by Thomas Beschorner and Thomas Hajduk (publication due in late 2015).
   
keywords Corporate Responsibility, Governance, Industries, Europe, Public Policy
   
partner Bertelsmann Stiftung
type applied research project
status ongoing
start of project 2011
end of project 2015
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topics see abstract
methods see abstract
profile area SHSS - Kulturen, Institutionen, Märkte (KIM)
contact Thomas Beschorner