Corporate Social Responsibility and the Role of Voluntary Sustainability Standards

  • Daniele GiovannucciEmail author
  • Oliver von Hagen
  • Joseph Wozniak
Part of the Natural Resource Management in Transition book series (NRMT, volume 1)


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is becoming a standard feature particularly for large and consumer-oriented firms. What started in the late 1960s as something closer to charity or philanthropy has evolved dramatically in recent years. Yet, as actualisation of the CSR concept is increasingly explored and becoming better-defined, there is limited understanding of how to operationalise CSR and how to manage it for desirable results at the ground level. This gap is particularly salient in the purchasing relationships with producers in developing countries. Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) such as Organic, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, Forest Stewardship Council, Ethical Tea Partnership, GlobalG.A.P., and UTZ Certified present an important step in this process but, like many tools, require some learning.


Corporate Social Responsibility Supply Chain Fair Trade International Financial Reporting Standard Forest Stewardship Council 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniele Giovannucci
    • 1
    Email author
  • Oliver von Hagen
    • 2
  • Joseph Wozniak
    • 2
  1. 1.The Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA)PhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.The International Trade Centre (ITC)GenevaSwitzerland

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