CSR og social udvikling

Helle Hye Secher Marcussen, Johanne Wulff Sørensen & Ellis Hannah Vodstrup

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project deals with the correlation between CSR and social development. Through an analysis of six Danish transnational companies’ CSR strategies, we examine to what extent CSR can contribute to a potential social development in development countries. Initially we define the concepts CSR and development according to our research question. This means that we theoretically specify development to the social aspects of development which are as follows; income, security at work, health, housing, education, forced and child labour and political right. We ground these aspects in human rights and labour rights. Likewise we focus only on the social aspects of CSR. We do this through the UN initiative, Global Compact. We analyse the initiatives in the six Danish companies’ CSR strategies that have a potential to foster social development according to the defined seven aspects of social development. Furthermore, we analyse to which extent the CSR strategies deal with supply chains and supply chain management. Based on the results of the analysis we discuss the correlation between CSR and development in broader context. Additionally, we discuss CSR’s significance in relation to development in a critical perspective. We conclude that the potential for social development in the CSR strategies is greatest in the CSR strategies which are most elaborated. Furthermore, we conclude that strategies as to monitoring the CSR practices are not a weighing part of the CSR strategies, which is why the potential of social development is smaller than if this was not the case. Finally, we conclude that the correlation between CSR and development is complex, as there are several aspects that determine whether CSR is being carried out and thus can foster development. Therefore we conclude that CSR’s effect is not measurable and unambiguous in relation to development.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato18 jan. 2010
VejledereLone Riisgaard


  • CSR
  • social udvikling