1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Corporate Social Responsibility

    402 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    402 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    While the concept and domain of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are not new—its beginnings can be tracked back to the 1960s—its scope, urgency, and relevance have shifted dramatically in recent years. CEO responses show that the majority of business leaders understand that they operate in an environment of contested values and that stakeholders expect companies to do better and more. However, many corporate incentive systems are not in sync with societal norms and expectations. Moreover, "grand challenges" such as climate change and global pandemics and growing interconnectedness shed light on the fault lines of value creation through complex supply chain systems, exposing unacceptable working conditions, modern slavery, and the environmental consequences of highly distributed production at any cost.

    As a consequence, corporate social responsibility has become a widely accepted common denominator of the role and responsibilities of business in society, ranging from core functions such as health, safety, and environment standards, to governance and recognition of stakeholders, supply chain design, and corporations’ stand on climate change and its responsibility to future generations. This volume assembles state-of-the-art scholarship from leading scholars in the field and enables a "full range view" of CSR, from its roots, normative foundations, and institutional perspectives to matters of stakeholding, the global value chain, social innovation, and future directions.

    The Routledge Companion to Corporate Social Responsibility represents a prestige reference work providing an overview of the subject area of CSR for academics, researchers, postgraduate students, as well as reflective practitioners.

    1. Corporate social responsibility (CSR): Bringing society back in

    Thomas Maak and Nicola M. Pless

    Part 1: History and theory of CSR

    2. Corporate social responsibility: A chronicle and review of concept development and refinements

    Archie B. Carroll and Jill A. Brown

    3. Evolution of the business and society field: From a functionalist to a supra-functionalist orientation

    Elisabet Garriga

    4. CSR discovery leadership: A multilevel framework in historical context

    Diane L. Swanson

    5. A theory of business

    Thomas Donaldson and James P. Walsh

    Part 2: Normative foundations of CSR

    6. CSR and corporate character

    Geoff Moore

    7. CSR and virtue ethics: The common good of firms, markets, and civil society

    Germán Scalzo, Javier Pinto-Garay, and Kleio Akrivou

    8. Spirituality and CSR Josep M. Lozano

    9. Catholic social teaching on the social responsibility of business

    Domènec Melé

    10. Ontological foundations of managerial responsibility

    Michael Pirson

    Part 3: Political CSR and institutional perspectives

    11. Transnational power and translocal governance: The politics of corporate responsibility

    Subhabrata Bobby Banerjee

    12. Global governance: CSR and the role of the UN Global Compact

    Christian Voegtlin and Nicola M. Pless

    13. From explanation to outcome: The use of institutional theory in corporate responsibility research

    Sébastien Mena, Valeria Cavotta, and Alessandro Niccolò Tirapani

    14. Strategic CSR: A new definition and new frontiers

    Debbie Haski-Leventhal

    15. Mind the gap: Shell’s political CSR agenda and challenges in Nigeria

    Esther Hennchen

    Part 4: CSR, stakeholding, and partnering

    16. A new approach to CSR: Company stakeholder responsibility

    R. Edward Freeman and S. Ramakrishna Velamuri

    17. Inclusive business: A private-sector approach to poverty alleviation in developing economies

    Sally Curtis and Andrew Bradly

    18. In pursuit of dignity and social justice: Changing lives through 100 percent inclusion—An example of responsible leadership and sustainable rural development

    Nicola M. Pless and Jenny Appel

    19. Transparency and accountability in natural resource governance: A case study of oil and gas in Ghana

    Katinka C. van Cranenburgh and Josep F. Mària

    Part 5: CSR and the global value chain

    20. Integrated management: Operations at the crossroads of innovation, sustainability, and the built environment

    Robert Sroufe and Kevin Dole

    21. Modern slavery in supply chains

    Vikram Bhakoo and Kanika Meshram

    22. Sustainable supply chain management: Why have we missed out on animal welfare?

    Frank Wiengarten and Christian F. Durach

    Part 6: CSR and social innovation

    23. Corporate social innovation: The next stage of CSR

    Philip Mirvis and Bradley Googins

    24. Social entrepreneurship in Japan

    Keiko Yokoyama

    25. Challenges and opportunities in using social media to promote corporate social responsibility

    Itziar Castello

    Part 7: Critical CSR and future directions

    26. Toward future directions for critical CSR: Beyond framing CSR as strategic, political, or utopian

    Laura J. Spence and Scott Taylor

    27. Travelled roads and novel vistas: Taking stock of empirical studies into tensions in business sustainability

    Lutz Preuss, Jonatan Pinkse, Tobias Hahn, and Frank Figge

    28. Are B Corps really the answer? Addressing the market vs. social logic problem through a regenerative system of good dividends

    Steve Kempster


    Thomas Maak is Resident Professor of Leadership and Director of the Centre for Workplace Leadership at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

    Nicola M. Pless is Professor of Management and holds the Chair of Positive Business at the University of South Australia, Australia. 

    Marc Orlitzky is Visiting Professor at the University of Warsaw, Poland. He was Chair of Management at the University of South Australia, Australia.

    Sukhbir Sandhu is Senior Lecturer in the School of Management at the University of South Australia Business School, Australia.