Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was mentioned for the first time in the Lisbon Strategy in March 2000, when it acquired the status of a strategic dimension by and for the EU. Since then, the role of enterprises has been highlighted in the EU’s strategy. This strategy rests on three pillars: competitiveness, social cohesion and sustainable development. Since then, debates have continued in the “European Multi-stakeholder Forum" on the purely voluntary aspects of CSR and the regulatory approaches. For the present, the EU has excluded all joint regulation, although initiatives already exist in some European countries. The European Union’s decision-making bodies also make their contribution to the development of a framework for CSR. They primarily do so in the Communications of the European Commission, or in Resolutions issued by the European Parliament. Background:

The inserts below outline the milestones in the development of the European policy framework.