There are two main elements that need to be considered when analysing the development and current status of CSR in Ireland: the historical context and heritage, and the role of multinational enterprises in developing CSR.
Ireland is a country that until the current economic downturn enjoyed strong economic growth, high employment rates and stability, due mainly to a large influx of foreign direct investment. One of the factors of success behind the ‘Celtic Tiger’ was the political and economic stability that derived from the series of Partnership Talks, a unique platform for employer and employee bodies to agree with government on a series of issues ranging from employment conditions to taxes, inflation rates and other subsidies. This platform allowed business to grow within a framework that guaranteed a stable environment. The practice of CSR was quite unknown in the way it is today when, in 2000, Business in the Community Ireland was set up as a response to the need to further organise the business contribution to society, which was at the time considered outside the Partnership Talks.
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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.
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