“It’s All Greek to Me”—Developing Corporate Social Responsibility in Greece
Ellie Demopoulos, Emerging Leader, International Fellows Program 2005
Abstract: Ellie Demopoulos draws on models of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the U.S. and Europe for the purpose of examining how effective CSR practices may be applied in Greece. In her paper she also looks at corporate partnerships with new and emerging community foundations to see how corporate involvement can help develop or sustain community foundations. Finally, she identifies the challenges to the growth of CSR in Greece, where the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs is responsible for coordinating the CSR effort.
Looking at the challenges Greece faces in expanding CSR practices and collaborating with community foundations, Ms. Demopoulos cites:
Ms. Demopoulos’ findings include the following:
CSR can serve as a useful tool in building Third-Sector capacity, though it is a complex task that will require all players, including nonprofit organizations and politicians, to recast their roles. Business figures deciding in favor of CSR must be visionaries and have a firm understanding that corporate responsibility is more than an advertising or marketing tool, and that it has the potential to effectively address social issues.
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