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The Routledge Companion to Corporate Social Responsibility

ISBN 9780367713096
Published August 26, 2021 by Routledge
402 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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

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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.