A Case Study Approach
Edited by Christine A. Mallin
Chapter 5: Responsible Business in Polish Economic Practice: The Experiences of the Camela S.A. Factory of Clothing Inserts
Izabela Koładkiewicz INTRODUCTION: AN OVERVIEW OF CSR IN POLAND The state of advancement of implementation of the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Polish business practice continues to demonstrate that there is still a lot to do (Gasparski et al., 2004). Nevertheless, with the passing years it is possible to observe growth in an awareness of this subject not only among the implementers of the concept – businesses – but also throughout society. This is confirmed by an analysis of the six successive Responsible Business in Poland reports (from the years 2002–07) published by the Responsible Business Forum1 (Koładkiewicz, 2008a). In spite of the fact that the picture of CSR in Poland emerging from this analysis presents only a segment of the greater whole, it demonstrates the increase in awareness of this topic in Poland. Expectations on the part of society concentrate on guaranteeing decent work and ethical behavior by the business world (Kalata, 2006, p. 7). This is pointed to not only by the results of research carried out among employees, but also by court sentences condemning employers for not paying wages (for example, Biedronka and APART) and the increasingly strong involvement of the media in promoting the concept of responsible business – for example, the ‘White Ribbon’ campaign promoting clean principles and respect for workers’ rights (Kapcewicz, 2004, p. 7; UNDP, 2007). More and more voices are also being aired on the topic of responsible business by public partners and government administration (UNDP, 2007). In the case...
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