Corporate Social Responsibility. Japanese and German Approaches and Experiences
Host: Freie Universität Berlin and Japanese German Center Berlin
Funded by the Japan Foundation
Organizer: Professor Dr Verena Blechinger-Talcott
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become a major aspect of corporate strategic planning and corporate policy in recent years due to economic globalization and related integration of international markets.
Originally a concept most frequently associated with Anglo-American multinational corporations, the CSR concept is now being discussed and implemented by firms all over the globe. Moreover, through supply chains in an increasingly globalizing economy, CSR policies are no longer an element of large-scale international corporations, but have also been increasingly integrated into the strategies of smaller and domestically-oriented firms.
The conference will address two key aspects in current Japanese and German CSR debates. First, we will analyze CSR activities in both Germany and Japan. Special attention will be given to economic driving forces such as CSR rankings and ratings and how they compare with the practice in the US and UK. Second, we will look into the effects of the economic crisis on CSR activities and policies.