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What does CSR mean for France?

Several international standards form together a framework which contributes to a universal acceptance of the concept of corporate social responsibility:

-  The United Nations Global Compact, launched by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in 2000, invites companies to "embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labor standards and the environment and the fight against corruption".

-  The standard ISO 26000 adopted on the 13th of September 2010 defines the social responsibility of an organization such as control by the latter of “the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and the environment through transparent and ethical behaviour that contributes to sustainable development, including health and the welfare of society; takes into account the expectations of stakeholders; is in compliance with applicable law and consistent with international norms of behaviour; and is integrated throughout the organization and practiced in its relationships.”

-  The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, developed since 1976 and which last revision took place in May 2011, designed “to ensure that the operations of these enterprises are in harmony with government policies, to strengthen the basis of mutual trust between enterprises and the societies in which they operate,...and to enhance the contribution to sustainable development made by multinational enterprises.”

-  UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights adopted by the Council of Human Rights of the United Nations in June 2011 “recognize the role of business enterprises as specialized organs of society performing specialized functions, required to comply with all applicable laws and to respect human rights” while emphasizing on “States’ existing obligations to respect, protect and fulfil human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

-  The 3rd Communication of the European Commission on CSR of 25 October 2011 approved by the European Union defines CSR as “the responsibility of enterprises for their impacts on society” and “a process to integrate social, environmental, ethical, human rights and consumer concerns into their business operations and core strategy in close collaboration with their stakeholders (and with) respect for applicable legislation, and for collective agreements between social partners.”

As a member or participant in the activities of these organizations, France endorses these definitions and commitments.

Updated on: 13.02.13


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