RARE project book publication (“Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe: Rhetoric and Realities”, edited by Regine Barth and Franziska Wolff), published by Edward Elgar. (“Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe: Rhetoric and Realities”, edited by Regine Barth and Franziska Wolff), published by Edward Elgar.
RARE Project brochure (pdf 828 kb): The document presents results of the three-year European research project "RARE". The project tackled the cutting-edge question of whether CSR leads to genuine impact on society and the environment or whether it is just rhetoric.
RARE Project Abstract (pdf 217 kb): The document gives a concise overview of the RARE project's goals and design.
Article on main results of the RARE project, published in "Ökologisches Wirtschaften" (issue 4, 2007) (pdf 207 kb)
Background Paper "Corporate Social Responsibility: Integrating a business and societal governance perspective - the RARE project's approach" (pdf 455 kb): The document provides a background analysis of the CSR discourse and some conceptual considerations fundamental for the RARE project.
In the course of 2006, the RARE Consortium carried out surveys on Corporate Social Responsibility practices and performance in different European industries: the banking, oil, and fish processing sectors. An additional study analyses CSR in SMEs belonging to the automotive supply chain in Hungary and Austria. The reports are available for download below, as is a summary of the main findings.
Summary of RARE Survey findings (pdf 48 kb)
Sector Survey on CSR in the European Banking Sector (pdf 689 kb)
Sector Survey on CSR in the European Oil Sector (pdf 174 kb)
Sector Survey on CSR in the European Fish Processing Sector (pdf 332 kb)
Sector Survey on CSR in SMEs of the Automotive Supply Chain in Hungary and Austria (SME Study) (pdf 217 kb)