Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 2 2005, page 38-57.
Enterprises in labour market policy
The 2002 labour market reform “More at work” implies a number of watershed changes in Danish labour market policy, except from the role of enterprises, which stand basically unaffected. The substantial elements of the reform have been focused on the suppliers of labour (individual unemployed and employed) not the demand-side of the labour market (the employers). It is, nonetheless, a crucial precondition for the success of the reform that enterprises retain employees in risk of workplace exclusion and integrate persons who have been excluded from the labour market. This article, therefore, raises the question of how a more inclusive labour market can be created; a labour market in which enterprises perform Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and tries to answer by analysing the development of the policy area called CSR. The article, thus, focuses on a relatively neglected policy problem, which has also been relatively neglected in the academic literature. The article concludes by giving policy proposals on how to activate the enterprises in labour market policy.