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National Strategy for Corporate Social Responsibility - ‘Action Plan for CSR’ - of the German Federal Government

Germany Current 2010

The German government adopted its first National Strategy for Corporate Social Responsibility - ‘Action Plan for CSR’, with the general objective of increasing visibility and credibility of CSR.

Issuer name

Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Government of Germany

Government ministry


Government ministry notes

Labor and Social Affairs

More information

The aim of the Action Plan is to anchor CSR more firmly in enterprises and public bodies and win over even more small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to CSR. The strategy also foresees individual federal ministries, in their role as models and pacemakers in the area of social responsibility, to issue CSR reports that are in line with international reporting frameworks and principles like GRI and UNGC. The Action Plan for CSR is based on recommendations issued by the National CSR Forum which advises and assists the German government in connection with its policy to foster corporate social responsibility. The Forum includes 44 experts from business, unions, non-governmental organizations and academia/research.

Organizations covered by the instrument

All Companies

Industry scope

All/none specified

Disclosure venue

Sustainability report

ESG coverage- S (Social)


ESG coverage- G (Governance)








Date of publication


Issuer type

Governments (governmental department, agency)

Reporting requirements

Other e.g. action plan, strategy, programme, voluntary initiative

Mandatory or voluntary


The geographical scope


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