Identification of Areas of Corporate Social Responsibility Based on the Example of Polish and German Seaports in the Baltic Sea Region

Marianna Maruszczak, Natalia Drop, Piotr Durajczyk
European Research Studies Journal, Volume XXIV, Issue 2B, 394-409, 2021
DOI: 10.35808/ersj/2241


Purpose: The main purpose of this text is to identify active areas of Corporate Social Responsibility in Polish and German ports of the Baltic Sea Region and to subject them to a comparative analysis in order to point out differences and identify their causes. Design/Methodology/Approach: The publication employs research methods characteristic for social sciences, including comparative analysis, analytical methods relating to different types of reports and source material, and a dogmatic method focusing on the analysis of legal text. Findings: Polish and German seaports, despite their proximity and location within the same water basin, differ in their CSR policies. Practical Implications: The results of this study can be used as a starting point for further analysis in the area of Social Responsibility of seaports and as a basis for developing existing and implementing new CSR activities. Originality/Value: The research focused on selected ports located in the Baltic Sea Region. It is important that each port, despite many apparent similarities, is considered separately. This gives a clear picture of the development of public awareness, as it indicates that geographically and economically similar ports are in fact very different from each other.

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