Corporate Social Responsibility and Trade Unions : Perspectives across Europe
The growing interest in corporate social responsibility (CSR) has led to renewed attention to the relationship between business and key stakeholders, such as NGOs or local communities. Curiously, however, one societal actor – trade unions - is largely missing from such discussions, while the employment relations (ER) literature seldom engages with the concept. This situation is the more remarkable since – at least in continental Europe – unions have traditionally played a prominent role in defending the interests of one key stakeholder, the employee.
Written by dedicated experts in their field, this book addresses a key gap in both the CSR and ER literatures, namely trade union policies towards CSR as well as their engagement with particular CSR initiatives and the challenges they face in doing so. The research covers 12 European countries, which taken together constitute a representative sample of industrial relations structures across the continent. It will be highly relevant to scholars of international business, employment relations, public policy and CSR.