Public-private initiatives for industry specific corporate social responsibility

Schaefer, Anja; Pardo, Eva and Roloff, Julia (2014). Public-private initiatives for industry specific corporate social responsibility. In: Corporate Responsibility Research Conference 2014, 15-17 Sep 2014, Leeds.


The paper addresses an emergent development in corporate social responsibility thought and practice, i.e. an increasing involvement of governments and/or their agencies in partnerships with industry or civil society organisations or both in order to promote greater corporate responsibility. It is also based on a realisation that it is useful to think about CSR initiatives and CSR policy at the level of industry sectors, something which has featured in recent EU papers on the subject. The paper focuses on nine CSR initiatives in the United Kingdom, Spain and France, involving some form of partnership, collaboration or co-operation between government and industry participants, in five different industries: retail and wholesale, financial services, construction, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications. The paper focuses on the following aspects of such initiatives: nature of the problem; intended outcomes; nature of participants and their involvement; organisational, governance and funding arrangements; change mechanisms; and perceived success of the initiatives.

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