CSR Europe's website states that the organisation was established in 1995 by senior European business leaders in response to an appeal by the European Commission President Jacques Delors. In 2009, they describe themselves as 'the leading European business network for corporate social responsibility with around 75 multinational corporations and 25 national partner organisations as members'. They go on to describe themselves as a platform for:
- Connecting companies to share best practice on CSR
- Innovating new projects between business and stakeholders
- Shaping the modern day business and political agenda on sustainability and competitiveness
CSR describes how their membership enables companies to exchange ideas, connect to stakeholders and access expertise and information. They also go on to advertise how their membership bring opportunities of engaging in policy debates 'both at a practical and high level'.
- Abbvie | Amgen | ArcelorMittal | Axa | Bank of America Merril Lynch | BASF | Baxter | BBVA | Bridgestone | Canon | Cargill | Coca-Cola | Dow | Dtek | Enel | Engie | Ferrero | Danone | Reale Mutua Assicurazioni | Hellenic Petroleum | Hitachi | HP | Hyundai | Iberdrola |IBM | Intel | Intesa Sanpaolo | Johnson & Johnson | KPMG | L'Oréal | McCain | Michelin | Microsoft | MSD Be well | Novartis | Novo Nordisk | Office Depot | Omron | Orange | Pirelli | Randstad | Ricoh | Samsung | SITA | Solvay | State Street | Telecom Italia | Telefonica | Teleperformance | Titan | Toyota | TTNET |Unipol Gruppo | Vattenfall | Volkswagen | Walt Disney Company | Western Union
In 2009, CSR Europe's Corporate members are listed as including:
- ABB | ABS Holdings | Accor | AGC Flat Glass Europe | Alcatel-Lucent | Alpro | Applied Materials | ArcelorMittal | Aviva | Bank of America | BASF | Belgacom | Bouygues | BT Group | Burson-Marsteller | Caisse des Dépôts | Canon | Cargill | Citigroup | Coca-Cola | Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company | Dassault Systèmes | Delta Cafes | Delta Holding | Dow | Enel | Epson | Fortis | France Telecom | GDF SUEZ | Groupe Caisse d’Epargne | Groupe Casino | Groupe Danone | Groupe La Poste | HP | Hydro | IBM | Intel | International Personal Finance | Intesa Sanpaolo | Johnson & Johnson | JP Morgan | KPMG | L'Oréal | Lloyds TSB | Microsoft | Monte dei Paschi di Siena | Nestlé | Nordea | Novartis | Novo Nordisk | Panasonic | PricewaterhouseCoopers | Procter & Gamble | Randstad | Sanofi-Aventis | SAP | Schneider Electric | SNS Reaal | Solvay | Sony | State Street | STMicroelectronics | Telecom Italia | Titan | Total | Toyota | Unilever | Vattenfall | Vodafone | Volkswagen | Volvo AB
Members for 2005 were listed as:
- ABB | Accor | Ahold | Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena | BASF | BP | BT | Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations | Caisse Nationale d'Erpagne | Casino | Citigroup | Coca Cola | Danone | Dassault Systemes | Deloitte | Delta Café | Dow | EDF | ENI | Epson | Euronext | Fortis | France Telecom | Glaverbel | Group 4 Securicor | HP | IBM | Intel | Intertek | Intesa | Johnson & Johnson | KPMG | La Poste | Lloyds | L'Oreal | LVMH | Manpower | McDonalds | Microsoft | Nestle | Nike | Nordea | Norsk Hydro | Novozymes | Orange | P & G | PWC | Randstad | Uitzendburo | Shell | Sony | Starbucks | STMicroelectronics | Suez | Swedish Jobs and Society | Syngenta | Telecom Italia | Titan | Total | Toyota | Unicredito | Unilever | Vodafone | VW
Partnership Network members
CSR Europe lists a Partnership Network of affiliated organisations across Europe.
Albania Albanian CSR Network | Austria: respACT | Belgium: The Shift | Bulgaria: UNGC Bulgaria | Croatia: Croatian Business Council for Sustainable Development | Czech Republic: BLF Czech | Czech Republic: Business for Society Czech | Denmark: Green Network | Estonia: RBF Estonia | Finland: Corporate Responsibility Network FIBS | France: FACE | France: IMS France - Entreprendre pour la Cité | France: ORSE (Observatoire sur la Responsabilité Sociétale des Entreprises) | France: Réseau Alliances | Germany: UPJ | Germany: econsense | Greece: CSR Hellas | Hungary: KÖVET | Iceland: Festa | Ireland: Business in the Community Ireland (BITC IE) | Italy: Impronta Etica | Italy: Sodalitas | Kosovo: CSR Kosovo | Latvia: CSR Latvia | Luxembourg: IMS Luxembourg | Netherlands: MVO Nederland | Norway: CSR Norway | Poland: RBF Poland | Portugal: GRACE | Romania: CSR Romania | Serbia: RBF Serbia | Slovakia: Pontis/Slovak BLF | Slovenia: IRDO | Slovenia: Network for Social Responsibility Slovenia | Spain: Club de Excelencia en Sostenibilidad | Spain: Forética | Sweden: CSR Sweden | Switzerland: Philias Foundation | Turkey: CSR Turkey | Ukraine: CSR Ukraine | United Kingdom: Business in the Community UK | United Kingdom: Scottish Business in the Community
In 2009 there are listed as:
- respACT - Austrian Business Council for Sustainable Development (Austria) | Business & Society Belgium (Belgium) | Business Leaders Forum (BLF) (Czech Republic) | Finnish Business & Society (Finland) | IMS - Entreprendre pour la Cité (France) | ORSE (Observatoire sur la Responsabilité Sociétale des Entreprises) (France) | Econsense (Germany) | Hellenic Network for Corporate Social Responsibility (Greece) | KÖVET, The Hungarian Association for Environmentally Aware Management (Hungary) | Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) (Ireland) | Impronta Etica (Italy) | Sodalitas (Italy) | IMS Luxembourg | Samenleving & Bedrijf (Community & Business) (Netherlands) | Green Business Network Norway | Responsible Business Forum (Poland) | RSE Portugal | Scottish Business in the Community (Scotland) | Slovak Business Leaders Forum/Pontis Foundation (Slovakia) | Club de Excelencia en Sostenibilidad (Spain) | Forética (Spain) | CSR Sweden | Philias Foundation (Switzerland) | CSR Turkey | Business in the Community (UK)
European Alliance for CSR
The European Alliance for CSR was set in in 2006 as a joint initiative of the European Commission and the business community. The communication and coordination of the Alliance is in the hands of CSR Europe, Business Europe and UEAPME. According to CSR Europe's website, the 'Alliance marks a new political approach on CSR', based on the commitment of the European Commission to strengthen a business friendly environment and to support the development of CSR as a voluntary approach.
Business Europe describes the Alliance as 'an informal grouping' that 'does not involve specific rules or requirements, a charter, signatures or heavy processes'. The benefits and opportunities of involvement with the Alliance are presented in the form of a diagram which has at its core the benefit of 'higher visibility' of a company's CSR activities. Other benefits are included such as networking & partnerships, sharing ideas and accessing expertise, yet the benefit shown at the top of the diagram is presented as the opportunity of 'high-level dialogue with the European Commission'. It is stated that the European Commission does not directly manage the Alliance but relies on the business community to manage itself with the support of business organisations. According to Business Europe, the Alliance is supported by more than 150 companies.
with effect of July 2009, CSR Europe is located at:
- CSR Europe
- Rue Victor Oudart 7
- 1030 Brussels
- CSR Europe About Us Accessed 16th July 2009
- CSR Europe Corporate Members Accessed 16th July 2009
- CSR Europe Corporate members
- CSR Europe Our Members Accessed 16th July 2009
- CSR Europe, July 2005 Members Accessed July 2005
- CSR Europe National partner organisations.
- CSR Europe Our National Partners Accessed 16th July 2009
- CSR Europe What is the Alliance? Accessed 17th July 2009
- Business Europe What is the European Alliance for CSR? Accessed 17th July 2009