RARE - Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe

Seven European research institutions have investigated the impact of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the EU. 

Research approach

Scientists used this project to develop a method with which to assess CSR impact and determine its success factors. With the help of sector surveys and case studies, they gained insights into CSR practice and into the impact on environment and society actually achieved by CSR. 

The areas targeted were three economic sectors: the oil industry, the banking sector, and the fish-processing industry. The focus in each case was on environment, gender equality, the fight against corruption, and resource management. Based on the results, recommendations were worked drawn up as to how CSR can be strengthened in policy-making and corporate decision-making within Europe. 

Project partners

Öko-Institut Darmstadt (Lead)
Fridtjof Nansen Institute
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE)
Peter Wilkinson Associates


6th Framework Programme of the European Commission


2004/06 – 2007/07

Contact person

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