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
Legislation and codes
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A. REGIONAL PROFILES 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
B. COUNTRY PROFILES 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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