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Although the term CSR appears to be relatively new, research shows that there has been an evolution of the concept during many decades. The fact that the terminology has changed over the years may suggest that it will continue to do so, in line with developments in the fields of business, politics and society. According to Windsor40, there has been a notion of business leaders adhering to ”some conception of responsibility and responsiveness practices” since the 1920s; others consider the merits of corporate responsibility as far back as the 1880s with the philanthropic industrialists of the Victorian period.41 It is nonetheless clear that this subject is in no way a new phenomenon. Words and definitions have evolved and changed, as has the world. It has been very difficult to find consensus about a definition, or a common delimitation to the area. There is also little consensus on whether this is a strength or a flaw.

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Windsor, D. (2001).

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Smith, N. C. (2003).

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