CSR in Argentina has gradually evolved through the years, influenced by the country's cultural, historical and religious traditions. Its origins date back to the period of the Spanish viceroyalty, when the Catholic Church helped the poor through the Christian concept of charity. When Argentina became an independent state in 1816, the governing class took over this role, mostly through philanthropic activities. During the mid 20th century, Peron's welfare state was marked by the concept of social justice, and in the 1980s civil society organisations played a stronger role in addressing society's needs through solidarity. In the 1990s, the concept of CSR was introduced in the media and some corporate circles (Milberg et al. 2003).
The World Guide to CSR: A Country-by-Country Analysis of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility The World Guide to CSR is the first book to provide comparable national profiles that describe the evolution and practice of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (CSR) for 58 countries and 5 global regions. Each regional and national profile includes key information about the relevant CSR history, country-specific issues, trends, research and leading organisations. The purpose of the book is to give CSR professionals (including managers, consultants, academics and NGOs focusing on the social, environmental and ethical responsibilities of business) a quick reference guide to CSR in different regional and national contexts. This unique resource will be an essential acquisition for all organisations who need to benchmark their CSR strategies throughout different regions and cultures and want the best possible intelligence on the key issues and concerns relating to corporate social responsibility in all of the markets in which they operate.