CSR is a relatively new phenomenon in Hungary. However, in recent years it has become more and more fashionable. In spite of the gradual spreading of CSR practices, the level of awareness is still low and there are still many structural hindrances. In Hungary, as with the majority of Central–Eastern European (CEE) post-socialist countries, the socialist legacy has influenced the national vision of CSR. There is still an overwhelming public perception that social responsibility and welfare are not the ‘business of business’ and that governments should take the lead. The CEE character of CSR lies in the fact that CSR seems to be a contributing tool to solving social problems the state is unable to solve alone. In other words, CSR is a kind of voluntary restriction on ‘wild west’ capitalism (Hardi 2006: 8).
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