A Stronger Cooperation between Church and Politics...

... Culture and Society is the Key to the Exterior Impact of Corporate Citizenship.

Especially in the context of globalization and its far-reaching restructuring processes of change management [1], companies need local caring societies, in which weak can reckon with the support of the fittest. Specific groups of interest are barometers of the cultural consciousness of a society[2] and are documenting individual values in a common social space – property commits[3].

This has also to do something with ethical reasons, arising from our subjective beliefs, serving successful human life. Traditionally in this case, religions have considerable influence, as the view shows in the preamble of the German constitution, or the invocatio dei of the Swiss Constitution. Whether a voluntary commitment to the Lions Club, church board or a political party: It is really important to look for the whole, as companies also belong to “founders of identity and sense” [4] for timeless values – beside religion, family and other institutions.



[1] IBM Business Consulting Services, Expanding the Innovation Horizon. The Global CEO Study 2006, New York 2006, p. 37.

[2] Grabenstein, Andreas, Wachsende Freiheiten oder wachsende Zwänge, Zur kritischen Wahrnehmung der wachsenden Wirtschaft aus theologisch-sozialethischer Sicht, in: St. Galler Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsethik, Bd. 22, Bern 1998, p. 270.

[3] Dass es rechtlich gesehen eine soziale Verantwortung gibt, kann man im Artikel 14 (2) des Deutschen Grundgesetzes lesen: „Eigentum verpflichtet. Sein Gebrauch soll zugleich dem Wohle der Allgemeinheit dienen“.

[4] Jost, Hans Rudolf, Komplexitäts-Fitness. Wandel erfolgreich gestalten, p. 150.

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