Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe

United in Sustainable Diversity

  • Samuel O. Idowu
  • René Schmidpeter
  • Matthias S. Fifka

Part of the CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance book series (CSEG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. Samuel O. Idowu, René Schmidpeter
    Pages 1-14
  3. Western and Central Europe

  4. Northern Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Caroline D. Ditlev-Simonsen, Heidi von Weltzien Hoivik, Øyvind Ihlen
      Pages 177-196
    3. Mirja Mikkilä, Virgilio Panapanaan, Lassi Linnanen
      Pages 209-228
  5. Eastern and Central Europe

  6. Southern Europe

  7. Summary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 501-501
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 509-518

About this book


This book explores the current state of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in 24 European nations, examining the state of the development and practice of CSR and sustainability for organizations in these countries. The common denominator for all of the book’s 25 chapters is a management perspective rather than an ethical discourse. The book therefore represents a comprehensive survey of initiatives and activities in the field of CSR and provides a wealth of complete cases and examples for different approaches to sustainable and responsible management practice. The book also reviews the relevant political and governmental guidelines and frameworks for organizations, both on a national and a European level. Europe has taken a leading role in the promotion and implementation of CSR. This book showcases how, through CSR, enterprises can significantly contribute to achieving the European Union’s treaty objectives of sustainable development and a highly competitive social market economy.


CSR Civil society European Union Practice of CSR Role of government Social market economy Sustainable growth

Editors and affiliations

  • Samuel O. Idowu
    • 1
  • René Schmidpeter
    • 2
  • Matthias S. Fifka
    • 3
  1. 1.London Guildhall Faculty of Business & LawLondon Metropolitan UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Cologne Business SchoolCologneGermany
  3. 3.Institute of EconomicsFriedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany

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