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Corporate Social Responsibility In Japan: Analyzing The Participating Companies In Global Reporting Initiative

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  • Suzuki, Kenji

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    (European Institute of Japanese Studies)

  • Tanimoto, Kanji

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    (Hitotsubashi University)

Abstract

Following the US and Europe, Japan is now becoming aware of the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In fact, Japan has become the country with the largest number of participants in Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), which is currently the most acknowledged reporting system of CSR in the world. However, the mere number of the participants does not tell much. The Japanese approach to CSR may well differ from the Western approach, given various differences in their socio-economic characteristics. Against this background, two empirical tests are conducted. The identification of the characteristics of the Japanese adopters of GRI Guidelines implies the erosion of the traditional corporate-centered system of that country both from outside and from inside. On the other hand, the manner of adoption is found to be quite different between Japan and the West, which may be a sign of cultural or systematic resistance to total convergence.

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Paper provided by The European Institute of Japanese Studies in its series EIJS Working Paper Series with number 208.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 01 Mar 2005
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:eijswp:0208

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Keywords: corporate social responsibility (CSR); global reporting initiative (GRI); international comparison; Japan; system perspective;

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  1. Wendy Chapple & Andrew Cooke & Vaughan Galt & David Paton, 2001. "The determinants of voluntary investment decisions," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 22(8), pages 453-463.
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  1. Ron Bird & Francesco Momenté & Francesco Reggiani, 2012. "The market acceptance of corporate social responsibility: a comparison across six countries/regions," Australian Journal of Management, Australian School of Business, vol. 37(2), pages 153-168, August.

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