Corporate social responsibility refers to companies voluntarily going beyond what the law requires to achieve social and environmental objectives during the course of their daily business activities. It covers a range of areas:
The European Commission encourages companies to apply fair employment practices that respect human rights, particularly where products come from outside the EU.
The European Commission ran a peer review of EU Member States' activities on CSR in 2013-2014. 7 meetings of 4 countries each were held to enable Member States to understand each others' CSR policies better, and to ask each other questions about them. This exercise was also a chance for the Commission to update its own records, and to look at common and country-specific themes.
The European Commission has updated its Compendium of Member States' corporate social responsibility policies and activities. The last one was in 2011. This Compendium comes as a conclusion to a peer review during 2013-2014 by and with Member States of their CSR commitments. The Compendium is theme-based, illustrating common cross-EU priorities; and it contains a substantial annex which addresses Member State-by-Member State priorities.