Wednesday, March 3, 2010

CSR around the World

One of the most satisfying aspects of blogging is when a post generates good conversation. This was the case with my February 3rd “Frontier CSR” post on Justmeans, which focused on the state of corporate social responsibility in Central and Eastern Europe.

I particularly enjoyed a comments by Marisha S., who shared the following observation:

“CSR is evolving in CEE, the Caucasus and in Russia. The pace of acceptance is fueled due to the inate 'social conciousness' that is part of the busines landscape inherited from the past. Consider that during the Soviet period, state enterprises in Eastern bloc and CCCP were responsible for most of the social care of their employees. Employees could access to medical care, holiday homes, food from farms falling within the network. From the late 1980s when the first COOPs appeared, to the early 1990s when the first small enterprises emerged, well-being of employees was a key factor in business models.”

The writer of this comment makes a valuable point about the unique flavor that CSR takes on in different parts of the world. Indeed, I wish that every post would result in such interesting comments from readers.

Today I posted a short piece on how economics have solved many of the problems in Chinese factories that CSR practitioners and vendor compliance officers have struggled for years to address. I only hope that it will generate similar insight from any readers who have experience trying to address labor issues in Chinese factories.

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