Human Rights and Sustainability in the context of Corporate Social Responsibility: promoting Human Rights through CSR: The International and Greek framework & a survey analysis on Greek CSR practices
Nikou, Avraam Konstantinos
School of Economics, Business Administration and Legal Studies, LLM in Transnational and European Commercial Law, Mediation, Arbitration and Energy Law
Corporate social responsibility is a multidimensional concept
with shifting definitions.
Despite its ambiguity, CSR is intrinsically connected wit
h human rights, providing a
enterprises to manage their societal influence and promote
for basic human rights.
In the globalized
of today, companies are
progressively gaining power, which inevitably generates
The International and European community have
enterprises in their spheres of influence
them equivalent responsibilities by forming a soft law framework of CSR initiatives,
guidelines and principles.
Greece has only recently become engaged in the development of CSR
and is gradually
showing a certain level of commitment towards the realization of a CSR policy
However, the Greek CSR is still in
and the relevant
of domestic enterprises
is significantly low, partially due to a variety of obstacles that
the internal Greek environment entails.
The results of
conducted for the purposes of this study
that Greek companies
participating in the promotion of human rights through materialistic contributions
not only the wider Greek community, but also to refugees.
Nonetheless, the overall
CSR awareness of
the Greek business sector is low and the
predominant part is minor. Future research should focus on
the issue of human rights
promotion and propose
level of awareness and
the Greek business community.
This dissertation was written as part of the
Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational
and European Commercial Law, Mediation, Arbitration and Energy Law at the
International Hellenic University.