Corporate social responsibility
Sec: Roxane Bertolini (send a mail)
Tel: +32 2 2240421
fax: +32 2 2240454/55
In recent years, CSR has gained growing recognition as a form of business governance. Since 2000, the EU has been developing European tools for assessing standards. The ETUC demands that CSR must not be used to avoid dialogue with workers organised in trade unions, or as an alternative to labour legislation and collective bargaining. Nor should it be merely a public relations exercise, but it requires sustained and challenging effort.
In the view of the ETUC, the quality of industrial relations within a company must be the prime concern of CSR. Any firm that fails to respect a collective agreement or employment contract cannot be regarded as socially responsible.