Rene Schmidpeter

  • This book explores different dimensions of the field of corporate governance and social responsibility. It discusses how business and society perceive and relate to CSR; how the field has continued to reshape modern corporate boardrooms in both the advanced and emerging economies; how CSR has transformed the manner in which modern corporate entities disclose the non-financial information aspect of their operations to the world at large; and the way in which sustainable development has continued to contribute to improving the quintuple bottom line - people, planet, prosperity, partnership and peace - of 21st century corporate entities. Further, the book also provides evidence of how these aspects of corporate social responsibility are depicted in different forms in eleven nations around the globe.

  • This book provides a comprehensive overview of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Indian corporations following the 2013 legal mandate on corporate spending of profits for CSR. Bringing together authors hailing from diverse walks of life, the book pursues a 'hands-on' approach, with real-world case studies and examples that help the reader feel the dynamic pulse of India immediately after the ratification of the CSR mandate in the Companies Act, 2013. The Act is expected to affect over 16,300 companies with an estimated flow of approximately  200 billion Indian rupees into the economy every year, thus shaking the foundations of business and society and impacting the country at multiple stakeholder levels. As a result, India is likely to become the birthplace of social, economic, and environmental transformation through financial investments in CSR!In order to insightfully reflect on this transition, this book has been divided into three parts. The first part presents the CSR mandate and its implications, while the second focuses on its implementation and the third part provides a view on the way forward.The book helps to reveal the various layers of CSR in an emerging economy like India and is expected to spark debate, discussion and research among policy-makers, consultants, academics, practitioners and other stakeholders the world over, which will further expand its contribution to CSR literature and open up new vistas in CSR research.
    "This is indeed a first of its kind book and marks a watershed in the journey of CSR. It is an extremely important contribution to the body of knowledge in the area of CSR and Corporate Governance in emerging economies that is driven by a completely different set of challenges, opportunities and requirements from that of developed economies."Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Director General & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs

  • This book provides a comprehensive understanding of the linkages between business and society by addressing key issues in corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability, ethics and governance. Thanks to the different visions and perspectives offered by a global group of authors with a broad range of expertise, the book offers a full spectrum of theoretical and practical approaches. Further, it combines the latest theoretical thinking with reviews of frameworks, cases and best practices from various industries and nations. In particular, the book offers a historical perspective on the origins of CSR and discusses CSR in relation to sustainability and management, with a special focus on CSR in Asia.

  • This
    book provides a multidisciplinary approach to Corporate Social Responsibility.
    While for decades a purely mathematical-technical orientation dominated the
    business curriculum, this book presents CSR and sustainability as a business
    concept embedded in its cultural and spiritual context. It initially approaches
    practical wisdom from different cultural and religious traditions as a source of
    spiritual capital for sustainable business practices. Subsequently, it links
    current CSR concepts and the latest thinking in CSR with long-standing cultural
    and spiritual knowledge, promoting a more comprehensive view on sustainability
    management and its implementation at business enterprises. The book collects
    and unites viewpoints from various cultural and religious contexts, offering a
    comprehensive guide for international and globally active companies. 

  • This book offers an in-depth analysis of Corporate Social Responsibility, gathering contributions by authors from various countries, cultures and political systems. It provides readers with a better understanding of the concept and its implementation in China by pursuing an international approach. The respective contributions examine Corporate Social Responsibility in terms of its close ties to ecology, corporate sustainability and the future of specific industries. The book is the product of two international meetings, the "Ecological Education and Sustainable Development Forum" in Chengdu, China, and the "CSR & Business Sustainability Development Forum" in Shenzen, China. 

  • This book provides a comprehensive overview of corporate social responsibility and its development in Africa. It provides in-depth studies on 11 sub-Saharan countries, demonstrating that corporate social responsibility is forming and going through different stages of metamorphosis in the continent. Though corporate and individual attitudes towards sustainability in Africa still leave a lot to be desired, this book showcases how things are rapidly changing for the better in this regard. It demonstrates and provides evidence for the fact that corporate social responsibility contributes significantly to the way sub-Saharan African economies are being transformed, with service sectors expanding, commercial activities diversifying and industrial bases growing through the initiatives of small, medium and large organizations and innovators supported by widespread higher-education program rollouts. The book highlights how progressive and wide-ranging CSR approaches have emerged, and how much they differ from the obsolete approaches of the past, which promulgated negative stereotypes, marginalized communities and positioned them as victims or beneficiaries of development.

  • ?Social Innovation is becoming an increasingly important topic in our global society. Those organizations which are able to develop business solutions to the most urgent social and ecological challenges will be the leading companies of tomorrow. Social Innovation not only creates value for society but will be a key driver for business success. Although the concept of Social Innovation is discussed globally the meaning and its impact on the development of new business strategies is still heavily on debate. This publication has the goal to give a comprehensive overview of different concepts in the very innovative field of Social Innovation, from a managerial as well as from a theoretical and social perspective. Over 30 leading thinkers in the field of Innovation, Strategic Management and Organizational Development give a well structured inside on the latest developments and progress in the field of Social Innovation. Thereby the authors not only develop a comprehensive and unique analysis on the state-of-the art of social innovation but also give practical advice and information to business leaders on how to apply the latest management thinking on Social Innovation to daily business decisions. This publication has the intention to become a milestone in the further development of the concept of Social Innovation as well as to further stimulate new business strategies necessary to overcome world most pressing social and ecological challenges.  

  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship stands for a business driven concept of sustainability which focusses on increasing both social as well as business value - so called Shared Value.This book shows why and how this unique concept has the potential to become the most recognised strategic management approach in our times. It aims to point out the opportunities that arise from putting sustainable entrepreneurship into practice. At the same time, this book is a wake-up call for all those companies and decision makers who underestimated Sustainable Entrepreneurship before or who are simply not aware of its greater dimension. Well structured chapters from different academic and business perspectives clearly outline how Sustainable Entrepreneurship contributes to solving the world's most challenging problems, such as Climate Change, Finance Crisis and Political Uncertainty,  as well as to ensuring business success. The book provides a framework of orientation where the journey might go: What can a successful concept of SE look like? What are the key drivers for its realisation? What is the role of business in shaping the future of our society? The book also presents best practices and provides unique learnings as well as business insights from the international Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award ( The Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award (short SEA) is an award for companies today who are thinking about tomorrow by making sustainable business practices an integral part of their corporate culture. Companies that receive the SEA are being recognised for the vision they have shown in combining economic and sustainable responsibility.

  • This book explores the current state of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in 24 European nations, examining the state of the development and practice of CSR and sustainability for organizations in these countries. The common denominator for all of the book's 25 chapters is a management perspective rather than an ethical discourse. The book therefore represents a comprehensive survey of initiatives and activities in the field of CSR and provides a wealth of complete cases and examples for different approaches to sustainable and responsible management practice. The book also reviews the relevant political and governmental guidelines and frameworks for organizations, both on a national and a European level. Europe has taken a leading role in the promotion and implementation of CSR. This book showcases how, through CSR, enterprises can significantly contribute to achieving the European Union's treaty objectives of sustainable development and a highly competitive social market economy.

  • In diesem Band werden neben Impulsen aus der aktuellen wissenschaftlichen Diskussion die Besonderheiten mittelständischer als auch großer Familienunternehmen in Hinblick auf ihre gesellschaftliche Verantwortung anschaulich vorgestellt.
    Familienunternehmen sind in vielen Ländern eine tragende Säule für Wachstum und Beschäftigung. Der Strukturwandel in vielen Branchen und die technologischen Entwicklungen (Stichwort Industrie 4.0) stellen aktuell große Herausforderungen für diese Unternehmen dar. Die gesellschaftliche Verantwortung hat bei vielen Familienunternehmen eine lange Tradition und oftmals sind Familienunternehmen Pioniere des nachhaltigen Wirtschaftens in ihrer Region. So werden beispielsweise in den Bereichen Innovation, Bildungsfrderung, soziales Engagement und Ökologie von Familienunternehmen wesentliche Beiträge für die dynamische Entwicklung von Regionen gesetzt. 
    Die in diesem Buch vorgestellten Beiträge beschreiben anhand zahlreicher konkreter Praxisbeispiele, dass eine intensive Interaktion mit den Stakeholdern - geprägt durch Vertrauen - zu langfristigen Beziehungen und Partnerschaften führt und damit einen oft unterschätzten Wettbewerbsvorteil für familiengeführte Unternehmen darstellt. Sie verdeutlichen, dass die langfristige Orientierung und die Verbindung von Ethik und Unternehmenserfolg daher häufig einen erlebbaren Unterschied in einem zunehmend volatilen Umfeld mglich machen.  

  • Dieses Buch verbindet bestehende Konzepte, innovative Managementansätze und Best Practices aus der Unternehmensrealität und zeigt wie CSR als strategischer Ansatz in der Organisationsentwicklung (OE) genutzt werden kann. Fragen nach der Resilienz, der gesellschaftlichen Verantwortung sowie der nachhaltigen Entwicklung einer Organisation stehen im Mittelpunkt der organisationstheoretischen Diskussion. Ressourcenknappheit, Klimawandel, Demografie und Finanzkrise stellen Unternehmen nicht nur vor große Herausforderungen, sondern sind zugleich eine unternehmerische Chance, das eigene Geschäftsmodell neu zu denken bzw. weiterzuentwickeln. Damit lädt dieser Band ein, aktuelle gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen durch nachhaltige Organisationsentwicklung zu lsen.

  • Dieses Buch beschreibt die Entwicklungen im Bundesland Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW) im Themenfeld Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) aus vllig unterschiedlichen Blickwinkeln. Dabei werden die Erfahrungen und das Fachwissen von zahlreichen nordrhein-westfälischen CSR-Experten aus Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, Zivilgesellschaft und Politik strukturiert aufgearbeitet. Leser erhalten so einen umfassenden Überblick zum Themenfeld CSR und praxisorientiertes Insiderwissen aus der nordrhein-westfälischen Wirtschaft. Das Buch liefert einen wertvollen Beitrag für die zukünftige Ausrichtung und Weiterentwicklung des CSR-Standortes NRW und bietet darüber hinaus fundiertes Know-how und innovative Anregungen auch für CSR-Protagonisten in anderen deutschen Bundesländern. 

  • This book offers up-to-date insights into the theory and practice of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability management. Gathering contributions by a team of international scholars, it shares perspectives from a variety of academic disciplines, including management and tourism as well as accounting, higher education research and supply chain management. Guided by the credo of achieving 'Responsible Business for Uncertain Times and a Sustainable Future,' the authors present their latest reflections on, and possible solutions for, sustainable and responsible business practices. All of the contributions presented here are critical, evidence-based and solution-oriented, making the book both practical and insightful reading for academics and practitioners alike.

  • This book provides a rich collection of essays discussing and showcasing the transformation of businesses around the world towards sustainability and responsibility. Based on a framework of global theoretical approaches, it presents practical examples and cases from a variety of industries, regions and corporate functions. It also highlights the latest insights on how corporations consider sustainability in the governance of their respective organization. Furthermore, the book features a section dedicated to responsible finance, and outlines business and management-driven approaches that contradict the traditionally held belief that a trade-off exists between sustainability, social responsibility and profit.

  • This book provides a business-oriented analysis of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In order to assess their impact on businesses and corporations, the book addresses all 17 goals and a broad range of industries. Gathering contributions from Africa, Europe and Asia, it presents both critical reviews and case studies.
    In turn, the book seeks to predict likely developments during the next decade. To do so, it examines evidence from today's business world and how companies and corporations have been adopting the SDGs since their release. In this regard, it discusses the changes that will be required and how the agenda will affect the continent's development path. An underlying theme throughout the book is the role of monetary value and investment for sustainable development: whether through financing, enhanced turnaround resulting from a more educated population, or more socially innovative entrepreneurs.

  • This book examines the Indian mandate for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and its implementations in various individual organizations. Although the mandate is applicable only to certain large and stable companies, many believe that India is poised to become the birthplace of social, economic and environmental transformation, given the immense size of the Indian population and its challenging socio-economic index. The book explores the various facets of CSR investigation and places special emphasis on the Schedule VII of the Indian Companies Act of 2013, which defines specific areas of intervention for these companies. In addition, it provides a wealth of first-hand case studies that exemplify the ongoing developments and the fundamental challenges and opportunities of mandated CSR.

  • Diese zweite, wesentlich erweiterte Auflage des Standardwerks zur verantwortungsvollen Unternehmensführung zeigt innovative Managementansätze, die wirtschaftlichen Erfolg und gesellschaftlichen Mehrwert positiv miteinander verbinden. 100 ausgewiesene Autoren aus dem gesamten deutschsprachigen Raum zeigen in 80 Beiträgen das gesamte Spektrum verantwortungsvoller Unternehmensführung (Corporate Social Responsibility CSR). Die Neuauflage zeichnet sich durch eine moderne betriebswirtschaftliche Perspektive auf das Thema aus. Schwerpunkte der aktuellen CSR-Diskussion werden in eigenen Kapiteln errtert. Insbesondere die Integration von CSR in kleinen und mittleren Unternehmen, der Finanzbereich sowie das Thema Kommunikation werden vertiefend beleuchtet.
    Das Buch bietet einzigartiges Insiderwissen, innovative Managementansätze und erfolgreiche Beispiele aus der Praxis. Zudem liefert es zahlreiche Hinweise und konkrete Anleitungen wie eine konsistente CSR-Strategie entwickelt und Wettbewerbsvorteile erzielt werden knnen. Das Werk macht eindrucksvoll klar, dass nachhaltiges Wirtschaften eine Investition in die Zukunft ist und ffnet ein neues Paradigma in der Managementliteratur, dass Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft (wieder) miteinander verbindet.

  • This book explores the current state of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from an international perspective, the goal being to share ideas and visions for a sustainable future and to provide useful guidelines for academics, practitioners and policymakers in the context of the 2030 "Agenda for Sustainable Development" released by the United Nations. Research on CSR has evolved considerably over the last three decades. However, there are still many unanswered questions concerning the sustainability of business in an increasingly changing world, for example: If most companies consider CSR to be valuable to their organizations, why do only 15% of them systematically implement Social Responsibility initiatives? If CSR has been found to be profitable for companies, why are they so reluctant to develop an active, internal CSR policy? Why are there such significant differences in CSR adoption from country to country? Why does it take a huge crisis to make politicians react and regulate certain core CSR issues? This contributed volume answers these questions, presenting a wealth of case studies and new approaches in the process. 

  • Emerging economies arguably have different socio-fiscal dynamics compared to developed economies. On one side they have the need for corporate interventions in national development, on the other hand, they do not have enough research to support the agenda. In recent times there has been a conscious effort to legislate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in some of these countries in order to bring about sustainable development. Yet, it is this legislation, which is debated among many others.This book provides its readers with a comprehensive interpretation of the various CSR perspectives in emerging economies through academic research and case studies from practice. It not only points out the challenges, the debates, but also the dynamics of implementation and the impact of such CSR spent. This book therefore is targeted both towards academics as well as practitioners in an attempt to bring about an active academic-industry interface as CSR as a management function is part of dynamic social science.

  • Dieses Buch liefert Ihnen Managementwissen zur Corporate Social Responsibility
    Dieses Buch beschreibt die Entwicklungen im Bundesland Rheinland-Pfalz im Bereich Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Die Herausgeber beleuchten dieses Thema aus unterschiedlichen Blickwinkeln. Die Beiträge in diesem Buch arbeiten die Erfahrungen und das Fachwissen von zahlreichen rheinland-pfälzischen CSR-Experten aus folgenden Bereichen auf:
    Dadurch vermittelt Ihnen dieses Buch einen umfassenden Überblick zur Corporate Social Responsibility und liefert gleichzeitig praxisorientiertes Insiderwissen. Auf diese Weise leistet dieses Buch einen wertvollen Beitrag für die zukünftige Ausrichtung und Weiterentwicklung des Corporate Social Responsibility-Standortes Rheinland-Pfalz. Darüber hinaus erhalten Sie fundiertes Fachwissen und innovative Anregungen - ideal für CSR-Verantwortliche in anderen deutschen Bundesländern.
    Wie lassen sich Nachhaltigkeit und Wettbewerb vereinen?
    Das Thema der gesellschaftlichen Verantwortung gewinnt aus Sicht der Herausgeber immer mehr an Bedeutung. Schließlich haben aktuelle Entwicklungen wie die digitale Transformation Auswirkungen auf die zukünftige Wettbewerbsfähigkeit von Unternehmen, zum Beispiel durch eine strategische Etablierung in den Bereichen CSR und unternehmerische Nachhaltigkeit. Um dabei erfolgreich zu sein, vermittelt Ihnen dieses Buch unternehmerisches Managementwissen mit Blick auf Corporate Social Responsibility. Dafür ist das Werk in drei Teilabschnitte untergliedert:
    Impulse und Fallbespiele aus der Wissenschaft
    Stimmen und Fallbeispiele aus der Unternehmenspraxis
    Impulse und Fallbeispiele von Netzwerkakteuren, Verbänden, Zivilgesellschaft und Politik
    Erfahren Sie in den gesammelten Fachbeiträgen - verfasst von maßgeblichen Expertinnen und Experten - u. a. mehr über:
    Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement im Mittelstand
    CSR als Treiber der Mitarbeiterbindung
    Keine Nachhaltigkeit ohne Energiewende
    Attraktives Handwerk - motivierte Mitarbeiter
    Viele Handlungsempfehlungen für die Praxis
    Auf diese Weise beleuchtet dieses Buch das Thema Corporate Social Responsibility nicht nur theoretisch. Bisher unbekannte Brancheneinblicke geben Ihnen Impulse für die Praxis. So sind Sie in der Lage, zukunftsweisende Nachhaltigkeitsstrategien im Rahmen des Sustainable Managements zu konzipieren. Dadurch schließen sich 
    unternehmerische Sozialverantwortung und Wettbewerb nicht aus. Das macht dieses Werk zu einer Empfehlung für Führungspersonen, Mitarbeiter im Change-Management sowie Studierende der Betriebswirtschaftslehre.