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(Re)discovering the Social Responsibility of Business in Germany

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  • Ariane Berthoin Antal

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  • Maria Oppen

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  • André Sobczak

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The concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a relatively recent addition to the agenda in Germany, although the country has a long history of companies practicing social responsibilities. The expectations of society had remained stable for many years, encapsulated in laws, societal norms, and industrial relations agreements. But the past decade has seen significant changes in Germany, challenging established ways of treating the role of business in society. This contribution reviews and illustrates the development of diverse forms of social responsibility in German corporations and analyzes how actors in business and society can build on traditional strengths to find new institutional arrangements for sharing tasks and responsibilities in the interests of achieving a better balance between societal, economic, and environmental needs.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Business Ethics.

Volume (Year): 89 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
Pages: 285-301

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jbuset:v:89:y:2009:i:3:p:285-301

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Keywords: corporate social responsibility; business ethics; Germany; global responsibility; intentional experimentation;

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  1. Simon Zadek, 2004. "On Civil Governance," Development, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 47(3), pages 20-28, September.
  2. Antal, Ariane Berthoin & Dierkes, Meinolf & MacMillan, Keith & Marz, Lutz, 2002. "Corporate social reporting revisited," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Organisation and Technology FS II 02-105, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
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Cited by:
  1. Argandoña, Antonio & von Weltzien Hoivik, Heidi, 2009. "Corporate social responsibility: One size does not fit all. Collecting evidence from Europe," IESE Research Papers D/834, IESE Business School.
  2. André Sobczak & Ligia Coelho Martins, 2010. "The impact and interplay of national and global CSR discourses: insights from France and Brazil," Post-Print hal-00771164, HAL.
  3. Ulf Richter, 2011. "Drivers of Change: A Multiple-Case Study on the Process of Institutionalization of Corporate Responsibility Among Three Multinational Companies," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 102(2), pages 261-279, August.
  4. Luc Liedekerke & Geert Demuijnck, 2011. "Business Ethics as a Field of Training, Teaching and Research in Europe," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 104(1), pages 29-41, April.

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