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Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR Europe (CSRE)



Organization Profile

CSR Europe is a non-profit European business network for corporate social responsibility with around 70 multinational corporations and 25 national partner organizations as members.

CSR Europe is a platform for:
· Connecting companies to share best practice on CSR
· Innovating new projects between business and stakeholders
· Shaping the modern day business and political agenda on sustainability and competitiveness

The organisation was founded in 1995 by senior European business leaders in response to an appeal by the European Commission President Jacques Delors. It has since grown to become an inspiring network of business people working at the very forefront of CSR across Europe and globally.

CSR Europe Objectives


To convince managers of the benefits of socially responsible business practice, by providing over 500,000 business people and partners with print and online publications, best practices and tools, annually.
To offer business managers learning, benchmarking, and capacity building opportunities.
To energize a broader stakeholder dialogue between businesses, European policy makers, governments, investors, social partners, civil society and academics.

Corporate Social Responsibility Principles


By sharing experience and enhancing the capacity of current and future managers, CSR Europe member companies are committed to promote the following principles as part of achieving business success:

  • Conduct business responsibly by contributing to the economic health and sustainable development of the communities in which we operate.

  • Offer its employees healthy and safe working conditions, ensure fair compensation, good communication as well as equal opportunity for employment and development.

  • Offer quality, safe products and services at competitive prices, meet customers’ needs promptly and accurately and work responsibly with our business partners.

  • Minimise the negative impacts our activities can have on the environment and its resources, while striving to provide our customers with products and services that take sustainable consumption into account.

  • Be accountable to key stakeholders through dialogue and transparency regarding the economic, social and environmental impacts of our business activities.

  • Operate a good governance structure and upholds the highest standards in business ethics.

  • Provide a fair return to our shareholders while fulfilling the above principles.

CSRE is responding to European heads of state and government who, at the Lisbon summit 2000, set the goal of making "Europe the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth, with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion” by 2010.

CSR Europe was set up in 1996 by former European Commission president Jacques Delors. Today, European institutions regard us as the expert on CSR in Europe. Supported by its 18 national partner organisations, CSR Europe is also the only truly European authority on corporate social responsibility.


Related Books


Kennedy, The End of Shareholder Value

Freeman, Corporate Strategy and the Search for Ethics

Edvinsson, Corporate Longitude

Standfield, Intangible Management

Lev, Intangibles: Management, Measurement, and Reporting

Smith, Valuation of Intellectual Property and Intangible Assets


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