1st Edition

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Arctic The New Frontiers of Business, Management, and Enterprise

    240 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Corporate Social Responsibility in the Arctic considers the new trends and frontiers of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) studies that are shaping the future of global business strategy and ethics.

    This book systematically approaches the CSR framework of internal and external factors and their impact on the social responsibility of businesses within the sensitive environment of the Arctic. It presents traditional and contemporary models of CSR through case studies of the eight Arctic nations and explores the debates concerning social responsibility and ethical dilemmas related to social and environmental aspects of business operations, society, and ecosystems. Arruda and Johannsdottir also review approaches for engaging stakeholders in social responsibility, socio-environmental standards, and sustainability, according to frameworks like the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Global Compact, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the Global Reporting Initiative, but also according to the new CSR strategy in the Arctic based on circular economy, blue economy, smart specialization, knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship, and new parameters of education. Overall, this book examines the ways in which the changing climate and rich natural resources of the Arctic provide unique opportunities and challenges for businesses and societies.

    This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of CSR, sustainable business, and business ethics.

    1. CSR and the New Frontiers of Business, Management and Enterprise: The New CSR Strategy in the Arctic

    2. Historical Background: CSR Timeline, Concepts, Frameworks and Theories

    3. The Relevance of CSR in a World in Transition: Contemporary Trends

    4. The Eight Arctic Nations and their Respective Industries: Case Studies

    5. The role of Business and Stakeholders in the New CSR Strategy in the Arctic

    6. CSR and Arctic Communities

    7. CSR and Practical Solutions for Complex Environmental Contexts

    8. CSR and the New Trends in Business Practices and Sustainable Enterprise

    9. CSR Auditing and Reporting

    10. CSR Education for the 21st Century


    Gisele M. Arruda is a Professor in Circumpolar Studies in the field of energy, the Arctic, climate change, environment, and society. She is a member of the US Arctic Committee; an honorary member of the University of Aberdeen; a country director of the UK branch of the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association, New York, US; and a Council member of Polar Educators International. She is the author of Renewable Energy for the Arctic: New Perspectives and Sustainable Energy Education in the Arctic: The Role of Higher Education, by Routledge.

    Lara Johannsdottir is a Professor in Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Iceland (UIce) and a former academic director of the Environment and Natural Resources graduate programme (2019). Johannsdottir is a board member of the Institute of Business Administration, heads the Environmental and Sustainability Committee of the UIce, and is a former board member of the UIce research fund, and the School of Social Sciences evaluation committee. Johannsdottir was a Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar (2018–2019) where she collaborated in research with scholars from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States on Arctic-related affairs. Her research focus is on the business sector, in particular the insurance sector, and corporate social responsibility, corporate sustainability, sustainable business models, responsible investments, and Arctic business affairs.