Firms from both advanced and emerging countries are under growing pressure to adopt Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies. Moreover, since the release of the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights in 2011, the respect and promotion of universal human rights is becoming the new frontier in CSR research. This project aims to assess the degree to which the mounting adoption of CSR policies by firms worldwide also comes with firms’ heightened respect of human rights. This is a relevant question for international business, business ethics and management literatures interested in understanding the substantial vs. symbolic meaning of CSR. It is also relevant for policy makers at the EU level (and beyond that) since Member States are urged to develop action plans for the implementation of the Guiding Principles. Our team uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate, among others, the following issues:
- Substantial vs. symbolic nature of CSR in both advanced and developing countries’ firms;
- CSR strategies of Emerging Market Multinational Enterprises (EMNEs);
- Content analyses of CSR reports;
- International Business and human rights;
- CSR and human rights in Global Value Chains and developing countries’ industrial clusters;
- Creating genuine Shared Values in developing countries’ industrial clusters;
- Socio-environmental impacts of EMNEs’ operations in Europe.