School of Management
Royal Holloway University of London

The Centre for Research into Sustainability

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Role of Trade Unions

Project Description

This project examines the role trade unions can play in implementing CSR in a European context.

Expected Outcomes

Opportunities and threats of the CSR agenda for trade unions. New roles for trade unions as civil society representatives.


Case study research in Germany, Belgium and France.

Key Publications

L. Preuss, A. Haunschild, D. Matten (2006) Trade unions and CSR: A European research agenda, Journal of Public Affairs, 6 (3-4), 256-268

Preuss, Lutz, (2008) A Reluctant Stakeholder? On the Perception of Corporate Social Responsibility Among European Trade Unions. Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol. 17(2), 149-160.


Dirk Matten (Professor of Policy, Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto)

Lutz Preuss (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Axel Haunschild (Professor of Work, Employment and Organisation, University of Trier, Germany)

Céline Louche (Competence Centre 'Entrepreneurship, Governance and Strategy', Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, Belgium)

Julienne Brabet (Institut de Gestion, Ecole Supérieure des Affaires, Université Paris XII, France)