Debates, Models and Practices Across Government, Law and Business
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century. Our ancestors have bequeathed to us ways of conceiving, running and regulating corporations the core elements of which are tested more in 21st century conditions than ever before. They need revisiting and even recasting for the sake of our generation, our descendants, and the planet’s future. CSR is the lynchpin of that 21st century enterprise. CSR can be studied, regulated and practised from many different angles. This book focuses upon governmental, legal and business frameworks for CSR, to accommodate corporate responsiveness to systems of governance, regulation and responsibility in the 21st century business environment. In doing so, it considers CSR from the standpoint of multiple CSR actors across public, private and community sectors, in a select range of jurisdictions across the globe. As a cross-disciplinary work anchored firmly in legal, policy and regulatory perspectives, this book contributes to building bridges, enhancing dialogue and suggesting action on CSR across major disciplinary, jurisdictional and sectoral boundaries. The early 21st century has already witnessed an explosion of CSR standard-setting initiatives on international, regional and national fronts, embracing the G8 and G20, OECD, UN, EU, UK, and a range of other countries engaged in reforming (or at least reviewing) the CSR-sensitivity of their corporate regulatory regimes and business practices. Even one of the bastions of the traditional Anglo-American model of corporate responsibility and governance (i.e. the UK) has reorientated its system of...