The interdisciplinary research project CDR-CAT has been pursuing the goal of developing procedures for the detection and automatic assessment of all dimensions of corporate digital responsibility (CDR) for providers of digital products or services since its launch in January 2021. The Goethe University Frankfurt and the TU Darmstadt are involved in the project, which is funded by the Hessian State Chancellery in the area of the Minister for Digital Strategy and Development. On the part of Goethe University Frankfurt, Valerie Carl is working on this project.

CDR extends the principles of corporate social responsibility (CSR) to include assessment criteria and recommendations for action that respond explicitly to advancing digitization. CDR assessment has not yet been implemented in a uniform or even automated way. Existing approaches focus only on individual aspects of CDR (especially data protection) and are not consistently designed for companies. As a result, a CDR strategy and awareness of CDR are often completely lacking, especially in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The subproject of Prof. Dr. Oliver Hinz deals in particular with the standardization of CDR dimensions, the development of criteria catalogs for evaluation, and the consumer perspective on the developed evaluation web interface.

More information: CDR-CAT – UKP – Technical University of Darmstadt (