Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been adopted in different environments throughout the world as a framework to ensure private sector and profit-seeking organizations responsiveness to law and society. As a foundation for good governance, private sector should be involved in addressing social concerns including ensuring human rights, protection of environment and fighting corruption. In most countries, businesses voluntarily take actions to employ this framework to include social concerns in their daily activities. Since the private sector, especially the small and medium-sized businesses, employ one third of workforce in Afghanistan and account for 85 percent of the private sector, APPRO in 2019, conducted a case study for examining the status and ways forward to adopting corporate social responsibility as a means to foster private sector accountability in Afghanistan.
Since 1960s, the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been incorporated into activities of the businesses around the world. CSR refers to voluntary commitment of an individual or profit-making organization towards the community, respecting the applicable laws and collective agreements which altogether constitute a prerequisite for taking on such responsibility. A business or profit-making organization may not act on its own and there are many other beneficiaries who are benefited or imposed harms by activities of the organization. Therefore, this concept advocates for better corporate citizenship.
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