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The Federal Republic of Germany with its 82 million inhabitants is the most populous country among the member states of the European Union (EU) and the third largest economy in the world.

Long before the emergence of CSR as a world-wide phenomenon, the idea that business has duties to society has always occupied a central place in political and philosophical debates in Germany. Germany has also played a crucial role in the development of modern western religion, as it was the birthplace of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation — an episode that has had profound effects on the development of modern capitalism. At the other extreme, socialistic thinking owes much to German thinkers including, among others, Karl Marx.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 14, 2010

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