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Submitted by: CSREurope

Categories: Corporate Governance

Posted: Nov 19, 2002 – 11:00 PM EST


New report gives first-time overview of
Corporate Social Responsibility efforts throughout Europe

Nov. 19 /CSRwire/ - Copenhagen – A new Campaign Report on European CSR Excellence 2002-2003, published by CSR Europe and the Copenhagen Centre, has concluded that corporate social responsibility is a working reality in Europe and not just another passing trend. The report is an important part of the ongoing European Business Campaign on CSR, which aims to make more than 500,000 businesspeople enthusiastic about integrating CSR into their core business. It supports the Campaign by stimulating good CSR practice and showcasing successful European CSR initiatives.

Based on seven CSR categories, a unique mapping - the “CSR Matrix” - gives a bird’s-eye view of what is happening at national level to compare the activities of 17 European countries. The matrix provides the first-ever overview of existing national social labels, social awards, social-reporting guidelines, voluntary codes of conduct and more (see notes for editors).

The matrix shows how especially the Netherlands and the UK have a strong CSR profile, but another important conclusion of the report is that corporate social responsibility is not only an Anglo-Saxon or northern European phenomenon. Experiences from Italy, Spain and Central and Eastern Europe show how corporate social responsibility is increasingly employed to tackle specific challenges all over Europe, and how each country rates compared to the others.

Through 15 country articles, corporate social responsibility is explored from its many different angles: social reporting, human resources policies, business involvement in local communities, public-private partnerships to address social exclusion and socially responsible investment.

The report also features a virtual roundtable between 14 European stakeholders of the CSR debate from business, NGOs, academic institutions, government and trade unions. These stakeholders identify the challenges facing the further spread of CSR into core business strategies. These include a lack of management training in social and environmental issues and a limited knowledge on the issue, as well as insufficient indicators for reporting.

Supported by the European Commission (DG Employment & Social Affairs), the Campaign Report on European CSR Excellence will be published annually to provide an update of the latest European CSR developments and Campaign achievements. To see how your country rates on the European CSR scale you can download a full report at www.csrcampaign.org on Thursday at 16.00.

For more information, please contact:

Nicki Bennett CSR Europe
Phone: +32 2 541 1623


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