Corporate social responsibility becoming mainstream concept

Increased public awareness of climate change, product safety and rapid industrialization reshaping business conduct
By Beth Kniss
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/12/2008

Corporate social responsibility — the idea that organizations have an obligation to consider the interests of customers, employees, shareholders, communities and the environment — is becoming a mainstream concept. This is mostly due to an increased public awareness of global issues such as climate change, consumer product safety and rapid industrialization.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a sweeping trend affecting organizations around the globe as various countries adopt CSR legislation. Canadian organizations looking to do business in the United States or European countries, including the United Kingdom, need to be aware of the different laws and their responsibilities.

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