Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been a highly debated topic during the last recent years in most developed and developing countries. We can today distinguish among three main general views on the role that CSR could play in shaping companies' policies. The first view on CSR, which has been summarized by the Economist in the 20th of January 2005 issue, is, as the British weekly magazine titled, sceptical. I highly recommend you to go through that issue; making a brief summary the idea of the Economist is that CSR is useless since companies should only care about what they are supposed to do (maximize shareholders' profits) and should not do more than obeying to the existing law that regulates business. The Economist clearly states that it is the role of governments to ensure civil, political, and social-cultural rights of people, and to make laws to prevent discrimination and to protect the environment. Companies should follow such laws, but not do more by themselves, since this would be harmful to their business.
[...] The government has a social responsibility to fulfil the goals of this strategy by implementing it. On the example of the reducing the poverty rate in Serbia it is possible to get acquainted with the biggest problem this country is facing and see that the governmental social responsibility is in each country different, reflecting upon the most burning issues. Montenegro The Republic of Montenegro declared itself as an ecological state dedicated to achieving balance between exploitation of resources and industrial growth on one side and preserving the natural environment on the other side. [...]
[...] From the time of the creation, over seven years ago, of MAALA - Business for Social Responsibility in Israel, a non-profit membership organization to promote the concepts of corporate citizenship and social responsibility in Israel's business arena, Israel has undergone extreme internal and external political upheavals, which emphasize the shortcomings of the government's social investment, and which underscore the importance of MAALA's mission. The Need for a Caring Business Culture in Israel Shifts in the local marketplace, with multi-national corporations becoming major players, and accelerated privatisation and liberalization, have opened the market to growing competition. [...]
[...] The aim is to make the readers think about the State social responsibility towards its citizens in this region of the world. Serbian parliament adopted the National strategy for the reduction of poverty which is outlining the major goals. The most important ones are: identification of people most affected by poverty, macroeconomic framework, social protection, and the role of each of the ministries in the poverty reduction. How can this be achieved and what can the government do? Firstly the government established the “Fund for development of the Republic of Serbia”. [...]
[...] Accident Losses control is direct responsibility of all of us and it is more efficient if the contribution of every one is more considerable.” 2 The example of Jugopetrol AD Kotor effectively shows how the social expectations can tailor the business activity of a company. United Kingdom Corporate Social Responsibility is the concept within scope of which socially responsible behaviour of private sector organizations, their voluntary contribution towards social/environmental issues, so called sustainable development goals, is included. In the UK involvement of the Government is extremely high as well as contribution/choices of the society indicate high hierarchy of the sustainable development goals among the citizens shared values. [...]
[...] To achieve these goals, the forum focuses its activity on: - helping businesses develop their social responsibility, - Building businesses coalition that focuses on solving social problems, - creating a forum where managers, the state administration and nongovernmental organizations can exchange information on CSR, - promotes corporate social responsibility solutions adequate to the needs and capabilities of companies in Poland. In 2002 the Forum became a representative of the CSR Europe network in Poland. Due to this cooperation the reaches international dimension. [...]
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