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.
Table of Contents
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
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
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
10. Ontological foundations of managerial responsibility
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
15. Mind the gap: Shell’s political CSR agenda and challenges in Nigeria
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
25. Challenges and opportunities in using social media to promote corporate social responsibility
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
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.