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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

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When companies assume social responsibility, they also create the conditions that ensure their own success. Whether the issue is climate change, demographic developments, education, integration or social cohesion, many of today’s challenges can only be effectively addressed if everyone in society works together. Innovative approaches that integrate the business community into social and political processes are therefore gaining in importance. The Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Corporate Social Responsibility program develops hands-on methods designed to achieve this goal.

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The CSR Framework

The concept of corporate social responsibility is gaining ground in the political sphere. Using targeted incentives, policymakers can create a framework that allows CSR activities to achieve their full potential -- something that benefits both the business community and society at large. The CSR Framework focus area examines which methods and tools are most effective for achieving this.

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Regional Corporate Citizenship

Small and midsized companies have particularly strong ties to the communities they operate in. For these enterprises, economic success and social responsibility are two sides of the same coin. Addressing both concerns is much easier if companies work with other regional actors. This focus area therefore builds and expands the networks that make this possible.

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Benchmarking CSR

Companies measure their economic performance based on sales and profits. Yet how should a company’s social responsibility be assessed? What are needed are robust tools that give companies clear guidance on which CSR activities will best allow them to contribute to sustainable social development, based on their field of business.

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