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Sustainability 2017, 9(9), 1545; doi:10.3390/su9091545

A Conceptual Framework for the Integration of Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Resource Development Based on Lifelong Learning

Department of Business Education and Human Resource Development, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Goettingen, Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5, 37073 Göttingen, Germany
Received: 30 May 2017 / Revised: 10 August 2017 / Accepted: 24 August 2017 / Published: 30 August 2017
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Abstract

Companies often see themselves as actors in a process of sustainable development that takes place in society. With this self-conception comes the challenge to act in a socially responsible way. The following paper presents a framework to integrate the concepts of Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Resource Development to create an approach that can address this responsibility. The concepts of Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Resource Development are linked by the idea of lifelong learning, incorporating concepts and ideas from the field of education into the framework, which makes it possible to examine the issue of promotion and social advancement irrespective of an individual’s social background. The article lays a foundation for the framework by describing the concepts named above and later on conceptualizes a three-part framework that helps to analyse the development of entrepreneurial structures that enable social commitment through company education. With this framework, an innovative approach to link a corporation’s social and educational engagement for mutual benefit is given an applicable form, with the immanent potential for the development of social sustainability. The research presented in this paper is purely theoretical and its results offer a connection point for practical interventions. View Full-Text
Keywords: conceptual framework; corporate social responsibility; human resource development; lifelong learning; theoretical discussion conceptual framework; corporate social responsibility; human resource development; lifelong learning; theoretical discussion
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Ketschau, T.J. A Conceptual Framework for the Integration of Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Resource Development Based on Lifelong Learning. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1545.

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