Forum – New social responsibility in a globalising world: the role of the State, the market and civil society – Strasbourg, 2-3 October 2002

Social responsibility in a globalising world

As traditional forces in the public and private sectors are replaced by new global protagonists, who will speak up for social responsibility? To stimulate the European debate on the new division of roles between the state, the market and civil society, a forum is held on 2 and 3 October at the Council of Europe and the European Parliament.


The conference in pictures


Themes of the Forum

- A framework to promote social responsibility in a global world

- Governments and social responsibility of enterprises

- Governance and corporate social responsibility

- Europe’s international social responsibility



Presentation of the Forum

Conclusions of the Forum on Social Responsibility by Ms Battaini-Dragoni

Social cohesion site

Walter Schwimmer : ''We all need to work together in new partnerships''

Wealth and consumption have progressed during recent decades, but the majority of the world’s population do not share in them.

Full speech


Let’s humanise globalisation
[4 OCT 2002]
Globalisation is an ineluctable process in which Poland wants to be a partner, says Barbara Labuda, Polish Secretary of State for Social and Cultural Affairs, on the occasion of her participation to the Council of Europe Forum on social responsibility.



Nicole Notat : Social responsibility borne collectively by enterprises, unions and investors

According to Nicole Notat, former Secretary General of the French CFDT trader union, three actors bear social responsibility in a globalised world: enterprises, unions and investors, whether private or public.


A framework to promote social responsibility in a global world

“The current concept of social responsibility in Europe: legitimacy, hierarchy and values” - Marie Hélène Gillig, MEP, Committee for Employment and Social Affairs (French)

“In which context can one talk of a society of stakeholders? Tools for social and economic responsibility: the Human Responsibility Charter” - Pierre Calame, General Director, Foundation for the progress of humankind (French)

“What role can politics play in social responsibility? New and old forums of expression; new and old actors” - Andrew Gross, Member of Parliament, Switzerland

“Adapting to change” - Dominique Be, Deputy Head of Unit, Interprofessional Social Dialogue - Industrial Relations, DG Employment and Social Affairs, European Commission

Governments and social responsibility of enterprises

« Social responsibility of governements in international financial structures: the experience of the CEB» - Orhan Güvenen, President of the Governing Board of the Council of Europe Development Bank

“To what extent does globalisation weaken the capacity for action by governments?” - Giuseppe Pennisi: National School of Public Administration, Rome

“Human rights and the liberalisation of the markets: what is the social responsibility of governments in international organisations?” - Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, European University Institute, Florence

“Do governments still have the power to impose legal (socio-economical) frameworks for the exercise of social responsibility?” - Peter Kenway, New Policy Institute, London

Governance and corporate social responsibility

“Towards the construction of new ethical reference criteria for exercising social responsibility in the financial sector” - Karol Sachs, Cooperative Credit, Paris (French)

“The Charter of Commitment of the Committee for the 20th Winter Olympic Games in Turin in 2006” - Rinaldo Bontempi, European Initiative Centre and Vice-president of the Vice-president of the Turin Organising Committee of the XXth Winter Olympics in 2006, Turin

“Social rating of enterprises” - Nicole Notat, former Secretary General of the CFDT, Paris (French)

“Criteria for ethical rating” - Dominique Danon, Managing Director, Alsatel, Strasbourg (French)

“Global Compact and impact in terms of social responsibility of enterprises” - Hans Hofmeijer, Acting Director, Multinational Enterprises programme, ILO

Europe’s international social responsibility

“The importance of the European social model in the debate on globalisation” - Ulrich Becker, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Law, Munich

“Social responsibility towards the South and in the South” - Souad Bendjaballah, University of Constantine, Algeria and member of the National Commission on Human Rights and Hilan Rizkallah, Former adviser to the Prime Minister's office, Damas (French)

“The role of the state, the market and civil society in the posttotalitar Europe" - Barbara Labuda, State Secretary responsible for Social and Cultural Affairs, Poland (French)

“Social responsibility towards the East and in the East” - Kovilja Spiric, Futura Plus, Bosnia and Herzegovina