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.
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.