The World Guide to CSR

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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 organizations.

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. The need for the book is premised on the fact that CSR professionals and researchers more often than not have a multinational remit and are required to benchmark performance internationally, but find that country-specific CSR information is ad hoc, limited or non-existent. Even where national CSR research exists, it is often hidden in academic journals that practitioners cannot access or do not have the time or inclination to read.

The book is an edited volume, with expert contributors from around the world, all of whom have been screened and selected on the basis of their qualifications and experience in CSR. Each regional/country profile includes the following subsections:

    • CSR in context


    • Priority issues


    • Trends


    • Legislation and codes


    • Organizations


    • Case studies


    • Educational institutions


    • References

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.

... wherever you are in the world, the World Guide to CSR will prime you on what is most important to know about CSR. ... The impressive list of contributors to this volume, 87 in all, are the crème de la crème of CSR knowledge and include leading academics, business people and practitioners from all over the global village. The country profiles are of a exceedingly high quality ... The profiles are superbly edited to give consistency of scope and depth, country by country. ... Why is this book useful? It serves as a start-point for any study of CSR anywhere in the world, as each profile contains an impressive list of links and references. It is a learning aid because the local case studies provide outlines of the key CSR activities by key corporates – the leading edge of CSR around the world. It serves as a guide for those wanting to develop their own CSR programs. Read the full review

CSRwire, 17 August 2010 Elaine Cohen

This book offers a very useful, quick to access, reference guide for the differing approaches to corporate social responsibility (CSR) found around the world. The consistent formatting of the book lends itself to easy readability, with easily accessible quick "takeaway lessons" by country. However, this can also be a shortcoming as one could argue this runs the risk of feeding the reader (who is likely to be a practitioner looking for a quick solution) with an oversimplifications of CSR in the form of overly high level generalizations. CSR is inherently complex, and inherently cultural. This book takes a step in the right direction in acknowledging there are many differing approaches to CSR, and it does so in an interesting way that will hopefully help to encourage industry to engage with and be a bit more sensitive to the differing needs of stakeholders across the planet. It will perhaps help to support Wayne Visser's call at the conclusion of his foreword to "make sure that business lives up to its potential as a force for good in the world."

Journal of Consumer Policy 33.4 (2010)

The World Guide to CSR represents an ambitious but needed project to fill a gap in the literature. Its emphasis on CSR context, issues, trends, legislation and codes, organisations and case studies creates an excellent template for reporting on country- and region-specific CSR programmes. I cannot think of better professional leadership than Wayne Visser and CSR International for this exciting project. I strongly and enthusiastically endorse this initiative.

Archie B. Carroll, Director, Nonprofit Management & Community Service Program & Robert W. Scherer Pr

Finally a book that showcases the diversity and commonalities of CSR globally. It is the best and most systematic map of CSR and an essential read for everyone who thinks about and decides on CSR in a global context. A must-have.

Dirk Matten, Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility, Professor of Strategy, Schuli

At last, a book that tells us what corporate responsibility really is and how it transforms modern-day business into something worthwhile. A terrific guidebook that takes us across all corners of the world where business is done.

Charlotte Wolff, Group Corporate Responsibility Manager, ArcelorMittal

I am delighted to find a book that offers a global view of the world of CSR, yet from so many different viewpoints, and all of them produced by CSR experts in their own countries. This is going to be around for a long time and it will grow in value as we learn to use it more.

Michael Kelly, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, KPMG Europe LLP

New times create new needs. And new needs require new solutions. The 21st-century business of business is still business. But as the world grows smaller and global challenges grow bigger the rules of how to stay in business are changing. CSR is an important first step towards a renewed version of capitalism. The World Guide to CSR provides us with a long-awaited global context for the current transition towards sustainable business actions in a wide array of countries worldwide.

Tania Ellis, international speaker, advisor and author of The New Pioneers

As a London-based CSR/Sustainability consultant, I am often called on to advise on international best practice and how companies can demonstrate leadership in a global marketplace. Dr Visser's The World Guide to CSR was an invaluable resource for recent Middle East projects, where the team wanted to also demonstrate a strong awareness of local and regional trends. Very insightful, the book supported us in showing how the concept of CSR measured against Islamic principles, such as Zakat.

Sophie Hughes, Head of Sustainability, Fleishman-Hillard London

I. Africa
Ullrich Klins, Jurie H. Van Niekerk and Arnold Smit

II Asia
Felipe B. Alfonso, Maria Elena B. Herrera and Francisco L. Roman

III Europe
Laura Maanavilja

IV Latin America
Estrella Peinado-Vara and Antonio Vives

V Middle East
Abbe Le Pelley

1 Argentina
María Irigoyen

2 Armenia
Nazareth Seferian

3 Australia
Leeora D. Black

4 Austria
Alice Schmidt

5 Azerbaijan
Ahad Kazimov

6 Bangladesh
Niaz Alam

7 Brazil
Camila Yamahaki and Tarcila Reis Ursini

8 Bulgaria
Deyana Marcheva and Nadejda Loumbeva

9 Canada
Dermot Hikisch

10 China
Sam Yoon-Suk Lee and Joshua Wickerham

11 Colombia
Angela Pinilla Urzola

12 Côte d’Ivoire
Ulf Richter

13 Denmark
Tania Ellis and Jonas Eder-Hansen

14 Finland
Arno Kourula

15 Germany
Nick Tolhurst and Aron Embaye

16 Ghana
Daniel F. Ofori

17 Greece
Kiara Konti

18 Hungary
Attila Kun

19 Iceland
Hanna Thorsteinsdottir

20 India
Bimal Arora and Aparna Mahajan

21 Indonesia
Yanuar Nugroho, Jimmy Tanaya, Theresia Widiyanti and Adhitya Hadi Permana

22 Iran
Alireza Omidvar

23 Ireland
Tomás Sercovich

24 Israel
Ivri Verbin and Dena Freeman

25 Japan
Luke Poliszcuk and Motoko Sakashita

26 Jordan
Dima Abdeljalil Maaytah

27 Kenya
Judy N. Muthuri and Kiarie Mwaura

28 Liberia
Marcus S. Wleh

29 Malaysia
Roger Haw Boon Hong

30 Mauritius
Renginee G. Pillay

31 Mexico
Leonardo J. Cárdenas

32 The Netherlands
Jennifer Iansen-Rogers

33 Nigeria
Kenneth Amaeshi and Chris Ogbechie

34 Norway
Inge Aarhus

35 Pakistan
Khadeeja Ashaah Balkhi

36 Peru
Cristian Loza Adaui

37 The Philippines
Francisco L. Roman and Maria Elena B. Herrera

38 Poland
Liliana Anam

39 Portugal
Maria Lemos

40 Romania
Rodica Milena Zaharia, Alin Stancu and Liviu Chelcea

41 Russia
Alexey Kostin

42 Saudi Arabia
Tareq Emtairah

43 Senegal
Oumhany Sy

44 Sierra Leone
Nicole Porto

45 Singapore
Thomas Thomas

46 South Africa
Mervyn E. King, Derick de Jongh and René Carapinha

47 South Korea
Angela Joo-Hyun Kang and Sam Yoon-Suk Lee

48 Spain
José Manuel Almela Burgos, Germán Granda Revilla and Ricardo Trujillo Fernández

49 Sri Lanka
Lalith Gunaratne and Ravi Fernando

50 Switzerland
Heiko Spitzeck

51 Tanzania
Sarah Lauwo

52 Thailand
Alex P. Mavro Jr

53 Turkey
Dixie O’Donnell

54 Uganda
Cedric Marvin Nkiko and David Katamba

55 United Arab Emirates
Aparna Mahajan

56 United Kingdom
David Grayson CBE

57 United States of America
Audra Jones

58 Venezuela
Perla Puterman Szomstein

WAYNE VISSER is Founder and Director of the think-tank CSR International.

NICK TOLHURST is a Fellow of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and a lecturer on CSR at the Steinbeis University in Berlin.

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