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