Research focuses on the areas of Business Ethics, Sustainability and Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the globalised economy. We use the following definition of CSR as a basis:
“Corporate Social Responsibility is a dynamic concept, which reflects a societal discourse about the moral responsibility of companies for the environmental and social impacts of their activities” (Bassen/Jastram/Meyer, 2005:235).
The focus of the research interest is on the topic of CSR governance. “CSR governance refers to the sum of actors, institutions, processes and instruments (such as networks, standards, codes of conduct, certificates, reports) that are involved when trying to achieve a socio-ecological goal in the area of CSR” (Jastram, Forthcoming)
A key component of CSR governance is defining socio-ecological norms and standards for (generally voluntary) adoption by companies and well as developing and establishing corresponding implementation approaches and incentives.
There is a special focus on the questions of legitimation and the effectiveness of CSR governance in an intercultural context as well as in international value chains.
You can find an overview of our publications in the sections “Chair Holder” and “Team”.