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Social regulation of European transnational companies

Social regulation of European transnational companies

Objective

This project examines the social practices of European firms in the context of economic globalization, exploring the relationship between social responsibility, international trade, and the rights of people at work. This multidisciplinary, comparative approach will contribute to the creation of a European research area in social and human sciences. The project is based on hypotheses designed around the concept of a Community "codification" of social ethics, consistent with the European strategy of developing social governance. The project has four objectives: - a status report on the situation in seven European Union member states: Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and France; - a classification of data collected inside and outside the companies (in compliance with the rules of ethics) with a view to establishing a multidsciplinary, comparative typology; - a legal, sociological, and economic evaluation of the spontaneous regulation of corporate social practices, with a view to proposing a regulatory instrument; - modelling these practices on the basis of social and economic indicators in order to 1) determine whether or not there is a European model of external social responsibility and 2) demonstrate that compliance with fundamental rights by European companies operating outside the Community is not detrimental to their competitiveness and may be a source of sustainable development. The research project will be based on social science methods, involving the collection of qualitative and quantitative data, and using econometric methodology to design and test the economic and social indicators. All these elements will be combined in a systemic analysis.
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Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

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3, Rue Michel-Ange
75794 Paris

France

Participants (9)

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UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

HAMBURGER UNIVERSITAET FUER WIRTSCHAFT UND POLITIK

Germany

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

Italy

UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA - LA MANCHA

Spain

UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID.

Spain

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX

UNIVERSITE DE TOULOUSE II - 'LE MIRAIL'

France

UNIVERSITE MONTESQUIEU - BORDEAUX IV

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 506323

  • Start date

    1 June 2004

  • End date

    31 May 2007

Funded under:

FP6-CITIZENS

  • Overall budget:

    € 129 315

  • EU contribution

    € 800 000

Coordinated by:

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France