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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

“Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a concept whereby companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations and in their interaction with their stakeholders (i.e. employees, consumers, shareholders, investors, public authorities, non-governmental organizations, suppliers) on a voluntary basis.”

“The European Union is concerned with corporate social responsibility as it can be a positive contribution to the strategic goal decided in Lisbon: “to become 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.”

(from Green Paper „Promoting a European framework for corporate social responsibility”, European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs, July 2001)

When the Czech Republic became a member state of the European Union the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs got engaged in the concept of corporate social responsibility within Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs, European Commission.

In the area of labour law and social affairs concerning relationships between employees and employers, the principle of corporate social responsibility is asserted e.g. through the institute of collective bargaining, mainly thanks to the existence of enterprise-level collective agreements and higher-level collective agreements (, that enable certain obligations to be agreed voluntarily above the statute-given minimum and further thanks to the institute of extension of binding force of higher-level collective agreements (;

Author: Odbor 52
Updated: 29.3.2007

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