Quotation Kudlak, Robert, Szöcs, Ilona, Krumay, Barbara, Martinuzzi, Robert-Andre. 2018. The future of CSR - Selected findings from a Europe-wide Delphi study. Journal of Cleaner Production. 183 282-291.




The literature on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is rich in historical evidence explaining its rise, development, and global diffusion. Very few studies, however, have tried to forecast its future. Hence, the aim of this study is to explore the expected future role of CSR in Europe. To achieve this objective, we apply the Delphi method, an interactive forecasting technique based on the opinions of experts. Drawing upon the opinions of more than 500 experts representing 32 European countries and five economic sectors, the study concludes that the role of CSR will increase in the near future years, although the importance of this projection might differ among European macro-regions and sectors. We also examine the role of public CSR policies as well as different stakeholder groups in stimulating greater CSR involvement among companies. We show that among public CSR policies, the most important will be public procurement, subsidies and tax incentives, and CSR reporting standards. As for groups, the most prominent role in mobilising the socially responsible corporate behaviour will be played by business stakeholders, public authorities, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Cleaner Production
Citation Index SCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title The future of CSR - Selected findings from a Europe-wide Delphi study
Volume 183
Year 2018
Page from 282
Page to 291
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652618304311
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.02.119
Open Access N


Kudlak, Robert (Former researcher)
Szöcs, Ilona (Former researcher)
Krumay, Barbara (Details)
Martinuzzi, Robert-Andre (Details)
Institute for International Marketing Management IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5368 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
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