Complex value chains and cross-border challenges have turned CSR into a topic for the global economy. On the one hand, these include bilateral agreements and treaties which are linked to various CSR aspects. These include the G7 Declaration on Action for Fair Production for example.

On the other hand, recent years have also seen the development of numerous CSR standards, whether from international organisations such as the United Nations, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, or global economic and sector associations such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and label organisations such as Fairtrade International. These standards contribute to spreading CSR all over the world and to increasing its reliability.