The UN Global Compact

By Catia Gregoratti

© 2011 – Routledge

128 pages

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About the Book

This book opens up the black-box of the UN Global Compact – the archetypical corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative anchored within the United Nations. It appraises the ten-year history, governance, and engagement mechanisms of this unique UN initiative. Building on extensive empirical research, the work provides a concise introduction to the inner workings and effects of the UN Global Compact, and appraises the key debates surrounding the initiative.

Providing a unique and much needed examination of this significant initiative, Gregoratti seeks to provide an independent view on the success of the Compact, disentangling the key criticisms and current debates surrounding the initiative. The work also seeks to highlight that the Compact is currently at a crossroads, and continues to suffer from significant legitimacy challenges which must be confronted in order to meet its original aspirations.

The book will be of interest to students and researchers of international political economy and international organizations, as well as NGOs and trade unions interested in corporate accountability.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The UN Global Compact History 3. How the UN Global Compact Works 4. Global Bureaucracies and Local Networks 5. The UN Global Compact and the Global Governance of CSR 6. The UN Global Comact and its Critics 7. Conclusion: What's Next for the Compact

About the Author

Catia Gregoratti is a Research Fellow at Lund University, Sweden.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.
  • Green covers will soon offer one-stop accounts for the major theoretical approaches to global governance and international organization.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General