CSR is a fragile concept if conceived only at the organizational level or driven only by leadership will. Many writers deal with aspects of social responsibility, but most deal with it as this kind of organizational and voluntary initiative. Few address the wider policy agenda. The contributors to Territories of Social Responsibility - researchers and practitioners from four continents - all participated in an international workshop co-ordinated by Patricia Almeida Ashley as part of her role as Chair in Development and Equity at the International Institute of Social Studies. They form a policy network contributing to studies on the concept of a multi-actor, multilevel and territorial approach to social responsibility and governance, oriented towards global, regional or local development and equity goals. This book introduces a new conceptual framework and promotes a research and policy agenda relating to it. A new model sees CSR embedded in institutional and legal frameworks, communicated and understood through a vector of communication and knowledge influencing situated culture and social values, and classified into three levels of ethical challenges. All of this can be expressed into the social processes of education, governance, the development of civil society, and policy making - a renovation of the existing perspectives on the concept of social responsibility. This ground breaking book integrates conceptual and empirical contributions and opens a research and policy agenda for the future. It will appeal to academics, higher level students, policy makers, and to leaders of and advisors to organizations affected by social responsibility issues.
Contents: Foreword; Preface; Introduction: traversing the terrain, David Crowther and Patricia Almeida Ashley; Part I The State of the Art of Social Responsibility Studies and Policies: Two Critic Reviews: Research on social responsibility and governance: perspectives from social responsibility research network, Shahla Seifi and David Crowther; Corporate social responsibility: from business leadership to multi-actors’ policy coherence, Patricia Almeida Ashley. Part II Identities, Communities and Civic Activism: a Challenging Multiactor Agenda for Aligning Social Responsibility, Development and Equity: The territorial transformation of Chinese identity: a sociological analysis from the perspective of time and space, Feiyu Sun; Oil spills in the Niger Delta: 'glocal’ action on social responsibility and development, Elisabeth Antonia Mario Rijnierse; Civic activism on social responsibility in Cameroon: the initiatives and knowledge networking of AFREDECC, Ndenge Godden Zama; Corporate social responsibility within and beyond the 'walls’ of enterprises: a personal testimony in linking research with civic activism, Patricia Almeida Ashley. Part III Epistemological Contributions to a Territorial and Multilevel Approach to Social Responsibility Policies and Studies: An epistemology of territory: a perspective on contexts for social relations, Jose Reis; Psychopolitics and mind management: the way for responsible decision-making in a multi-actor, multilevel and territorial approach, Evandro Vieira Ouriques; Stakeholder identification and influence in public policies: a contribution to social responsibility studies, Ricardo CorrÃªa Gomes, Luciana de Oliveira Miranda Gomes and Joyce Liddle; The Brazilian federal government policy of rural territories: two cases in the Amazonas state, Antonio Carlos Witkoski, Samia Feitosa Miguez, Davyd Spencer Ribeiro de Souza, Henrique dos Santos Pereira and Therezinha de Jesus Pinto Fraxe; Integrated social and urban policies in the f