With ten new Member States joining the European Union in May 2004 and other applications in waiting, Europe’s social portrait changes profoundly. Several myths and prejudices prevail. This new report shatters some of these and provides a snapshot of the widely varying situation regarding quality of life issues in the enlarged Europe. Drawing on the results of Eurobarometer surveys carried out in the EU and the 13 acceding and candidate countries (ACC), it examines different quality of life issues such as social exclusion and integration, working conditions, income and deprivation, migration, and fertility and family support.
The Communication constitutes a follow-up to the 2001 Green Paper, 'Promoting
a European Framework for Corporate Social Responsibility' . It presents the
proposal from the Commission for a strategy to promote CSR in July 2001. The
Green Paper defined CSR as 'a concept whereby companies integrate social and
environmental concerns in their business operations and in their interaction
with their stakeholders on a voluntary basis.' Companies are increasingly
aware that such responsible behaviour leads to sustainable business success.
The Paper also recognised that CRS is about managing change in a socially