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Federal Foreign Office and Bertelsmann Foundation launch Corporate Social Responsibility Internet portal

15.12.2008 - Press release

German companies are assuming a high degree of social responsibility worldwide. The new information portal "CSR-Weltweit: Deutsche Unternehmen global engagiert" (CSR WorldWide: German Business's Global Commitment, www.csr-weltweit.de) provides a forum for closer networking and country-based exchange of business ideas and initiatives.

Together with the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Federal Foreign Office is launching an Internet platform to promote Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

German companies are assuming a high degree of social responsibility worldwide. The new information portal "CSR-Weltweit: Deutsche Unternehmen global engagiert" (CSR WorldWide: German Business's Global Commitment), www.csr-weltweit.de provides a forum for closer networking and country-based exchange of business ideas and initiatives.

Minister of State Gernot Erler and Liz Mohn, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Bertelsmann Foundation, will today (15 December) jointly start the portal.

At the heart of the platform are country profiles giving information on current social challenges in selected countries, the stakeholders active there, and possible cooperation partners. The portal also presents case studies on successful CSR projects by German companies. At the same time it raises awareness of the social involvement of German business abroad.

The Federal Government is a staunch supporter of companies assuming social responsibility. On a global scale this is contained in the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). CSR initiatives are projects aimed at a viable society undertaken by companies as part of their business activities.

"CSR-Weltweit" is a joint political, business and societal project, created on the initiative of the Federal Foreign Office and the Bertelsmann Foundation. The business sector partners are the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA), the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK). A number of Federal Ministries are among the project partners.

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