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The Republic of Austria has 8.3 million inhabitants and covers an area of 84,000 square kilometres in the centre of Europe. It shares borders with eight other countries, namely Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland. Austria's per capita GDP in 2008 was USD52,126.

Austria's social market economy, which postulates not only economic freedom but also social justice and environmental protection, is arguably a fertile ground for CSR. An important part of what is today called CSR, including labour issues and industrial relations, has been addressed through Austria's political tradition of ‘economic and social partnership’ since the end of World War II. This partnership involves employers and employees being in constant dialogue through their representative organisations about economic and social policy issues, resolving disputes, and engaging in collective bargaining about income and wage levels.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 14, 2010

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