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Corporate Social Responsibility in the EU and Japan


György Széll

Japan has dominated over many years the discussion on corporate governance, and has even served as best practice and benchmark in this regard until the end of its Bubble Economy in the 1990s. This model was characterised as Lean Management or Toyotism. On the other side, in Europe, has the model of the Rhenanian Capitalism, i.e. Germany, largely influenced the European corporate governance structure and debate. Its main feature is its participatory approach by codetermination, Mitbestimmung, which has found its European dimension in the European Works Council, the European Society, the Social Dialogue etc. With the support of the newly constituted EU-Institute in Japan, Tokyo Consortium, located at Hitotsubashi University, the first EU-Japan Workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility took place at the Sano Shoin Conference Centre in Tokyo on 26/27 November 2004. More than 40 experts from six EU Member States (Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Sweden) as well as from Japan took part. A special focus was directed on changing wage systems as well on the role of trade unions.
Contents: György Széll: EU-Japan - Corporate Social Responsibility and Changing Wage Systems - The Role of Trade Unions – Friedrich Fürstenberg: Welfare Corporatism in Transition: A German-Japanese Comparison – Eberhard Schmidt: From Corporate Social Responsibility to Corporate Accountability - International Trade Union Action towards sustainable development – Eskil Ekstedt: New Division of Labour and Contracts of Work – Jean-Marc Le Duc: The Voice of Workers in Corporate Governance Boards. The Case of Renault-Nissan. The Arcelor Model – Haruhiko Hori/Hiroatsu Nohara: Why is the Gender Wage Gap in Japan so Large Compared with France? A Comparison Based on Decomposition Analysis – Francesco Garibaldo: Investigating Corporate Social Responsibility: Its Actual Role and Goals – Béla Galgoczi: Changing Patterns of Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe – Witold Morawski: Whirlpools of Globalisation and European Games: Values and Institutions – Thomas Blanke: Changing Wage Systems in Europe: Prospects of Harmonising the Law and the Politics of Collective Bargaining – Stefan Hochstadt: The Europeanisation of the Construction Sector – Akihiro Ishikawa: Changing Patterns of Corporate Social Responsibility in Japan – Fujikazu Suzuki: Corporate Governance Reform and Industrial Democracy in Japan – René Haak: Changing Patterns of Japanese Production Management - A New Balance between Tradition and Innovation – Mitsuharu Miyamioto: Governance Reform and HRM Reform: A New Complementarity? – Shuji Yamada: Corporate Social Responsibility in Japan - Focused on Environmental Communication – Philippe Debroux: Female Entrepreneurship in Japan – Hiroyasu Uemura: «Selecting and Focusing» and Changes in the Internal Labour Market in Japanese Electrical Machinery Firms – Bernard Thomann: A Historical Approach of the Japanese Corporate Social Responsibility.