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Corporate social responsibility: One size does not fit all. Collecting evidence from Europe

  • Argandoña, Antonio


    (IESE Business School)

  • von Weltzien Hoivik, Heidi

    (Norwegian School of Management)

This article serves as an introduction to the collection of papers in this monographic issue on "What the European tradition can teach about Corporate Social Responsibility" and presents the project's rationale and main hypotheses. We maintain that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an ethical concept, that demands for socially responsible actions have existed since before the Industrial Revolution and that companies have responded to them, especially in Europe, and that the content of CSR has evolved over time, depending on historical, cultural, political and socio-economic drivers and particular conditions in different countries and also at different points in time. Therefore, there is not - and probably cannot be - a single, precise definition of CSR: one global standard for CSR is unlikely.

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Paper provided by IESE Business School in its series IESE Research Papers with number D/834.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 07 Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ebg:iesewp:d-0834
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