Corporate Social Responsibility

Recognizing the broad and diverse nature of CSR, CBS embraces research from a variety of perspectives. This research is spearheaded by the CBS Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (cbsCSR), which unites more than 40 scholars from, among others, communication, philosophy, political science and behavioural science. Recent key activities are presented in this section and include various projects within the areas of CSR, Gender & Diversity and Business & Human Rights.



Eben Research Conference Philosophical Foundations on Business Ethics

EBEN Research Conference held at CBS in October 2015 focused on the theoretical foundations of business ethics, and in particular on the philosophy of management, identifying and discussing conflicts and agreement on the foundations of business and management, philosophical and otherwise. The suggested research themes and major research tracks at the conference were Philosophy of Management, Leadership Philosophy, Research Ethics and Business Ethics, Theories of Business Ethics, Normativity and Philosophy of CSR, Business, Law and Human Rights as well as Cultural Conditioning of Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

Henrik Hermansen

CSR in the Shipping Industry Workshop

In May 2016 Peter Lund Thomsen and René Taudal Poulsen organized a workshop at CBS, funded by CBS Maritime and the Department of Intercultural Communication and Management. The overall purpose of this workshop was to bring together the world’s leading scholars in the area of CSR in the International Shipping Industry. Each of the scholars invited presented a paper on this theme that was later published in a special issue of the Journal of Sustainable Mobility in December 2016. 

Peter Lund-Thomsen

René Taudal Poulsen

The Dynamics of Decoupling in CR Standardization

This project aims at theory building regarding the dynamics of decoupling and (re-)coupling in global corporate responsibility (CR) standardisation, the semi-voluntary self-regulation of global industries. Drawing upon computer-based simulations, we explore the boundary conditions and mechanisms under which the ceremonial adoption of CR standards by organizations leads to a process towards the substantive adoption of CR standards in a field or industry.

Dennis Schoenebornk

Center for Corporate Governance

The Center for Corporate Governance (CCG) focuses on enhancing corporate governance standards in a domestic and an international context. CCG firmly believes that this is one of the most impactful ways to create a better society for all stakeholders. The Center conducts several research projects, such as “The Industrial Foundations Project” and “Nordic Finance and the Good Society”, and continually hosts events and conferences. 

Lars Christian Ohnemus

EGOS Colloquium

A sub-theme of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium held in July 2016 in Naples was aptly named Corporate Responsibility and Irresponsibility. This focused on the dark side of globalization processes, examining actually or potentially harmful business practices. The workshop primarily focused on the causes and effects of corporate irresponsibility, but also on how this relates to current developments in CSR. The key research objective was to better understand what constitutes corporate irresponsibility.

Steen Vallentin

Governing Responsible Business

The Management, Society and Communication (MSC) World Class Research Environment (WCRE) “Governing Responsible Business” aims at creating a thriving context for research located at the intersection of socio-economic governance and responsible business. The WCRE builds on the strong research performance of the Department of Management, Society and Communication in this area and aspires to further strengthen this performance to reach international standards of excellence. This research environment is funded through CBS’ WCRE initiative for a fiveyear period ending in 2018. 

Andreas Rasche 

Esben Rahbek 

Dan Kärreman

CBS Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility

Founded in 2002 cbsCSR brings together a strong interdisciplinary network of international researchers. The centre is internationally recognised as a leading academic knowledge hub for CSR, sustainability and business ethics. On publication of this report, the centre had 41 members, consisting of nine professors, six associate professors, three assistant professors, 11 PhD students, one postdoc, three research assistants, one centre manager, one director of the PRME secretariat, one honorary professor, one professor emeritus and four adjunct professors. Moreover cbsCSR has numerous international guests joining the centre as visiting professors and guest PhD students. In 2014-2016 cbsCSR was involved in a number of research projects, including MISTRA Future Fashion; I.Family Study; Nordic Network for Sustainability; Nudge IT; EU-InnovatE; Global Values; Water Efficient Dairies; Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives in the Cotton Value Chains of South Asia; From Rio to Roskilde Roundtrip; and Business and Human Rights. The centre was also the driving force behind the establishment of the World-Class Research Environment “Governing Responsible Business” in 2014

Centre Director Steen Vallentin

Centre Manager Sarah Netter

Corporate Social Voluntarism

In collaboration with the service company ISS, the research project aims to develop, test and implement a practically oriented method to realize the already evident business potential of diversity in team composition and how it adds value to ISS. This knowledge should not only generate competitive advantages for ISS, but should also be transferable to other Danish companies, particularly in the service sector, where work performance is based on structured team composition.

Lotte Holck

Sara Louise Muhr

Networking to the top

Existing research shows that the numbers of women on boards are still very low except in countries that have implemented quota laws. The aim of the Networking to the Top: Formal Networks and Access to Board Positions for Women (WOMBOARDNET) project is to explore the role of networks in relation to women’s access to board positions. The project will contribute to reinforcing European excellence in questions of diversity and governance, and bring new insights into the much-debated issue of women on boards, an issue that is highly relevant and topical for both academia and practice.

Sabina Nielsen

Diversity & Difference Cluster

The Public-Private Platform has developed 10 clusters, each of which is facilitated by a CBS researcher with a special interest and expertise in the field. One such cluster is the Diversity and Difference cluster, formed in 2015 and inaugurated in April 2016 a two-day workshop. The first day addressed racism and the second the issue of refugees where seven activists and scholars introduced their take on refugees and the transformation of societies. The second workshop was in May 2016. This time the focus was on inclusive leadership.

Sara Louise Muhr

Annette Risberg

Sine Nørholm Just

Diversity Management as Polyphony Management

This project reconsiders diversity management from a communication perspective. While the extant literature on diversity management is primarily concerned with fostering the diversity of organizational members in terms of individual-bound criteria (e.g., gender, age, or ethnicity), this project suggests focusing instead on diversity management through the multiplication of “voices” (i.e. the range of individual opinions and societal discourses that get expressed and can find resonance in organizational settings). The project adds to extant research by conceptualizing diversity management as dynamic processes of voice articulation and mediation.

Dennis Schoenebornk

CSR Between Public & Private

The objective of the research project “CSR between public and private: Governmental conditions for CSR norms generation, transmission and implementation” is the institutional framework for the generation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) norms (especially labour rights and related human rights) and the implementation and transfer of such norms between organisations in countries where CSR is increasingly subject to soft or hard public regulation.

Karin Buhmann

The BHRIGHT Initiative

This initiative was a direct outcome of an Exploratory Workshop funded by the European Science Foundation (ESF). The BHRight Initiative is an interdisciplinary academic network of more than 20 members specialized in human rights, sustainability or CSR who represent a range of social science disciplines, including law, management and organisational studies, economics, and business ethics. The objective of BHRight is to foster interdisciplinary academic work in the field of Business & Human Rights, with the aim to promote research and teaching.

Karin Buhmann


Sidst opdateret: PRME // 27/06/2018