Chapter 1: Introduction
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My intention in writing this book is to critically analyse contemporary notions of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in China. A very direct question that will be applicable to the book is whether CSR can be an effective solution to irresponsible corporate behaviours and problems of human rights, climate change, food safety and environmental pollution in China, all issues in which corporations are closely involved. The book devotes itself to a critical reading of the existing scholarship on CSR in China, and uses a legal approach to discuss this contemporary topic. Over the last three decades China has achieved unprecedented economic growth as ëa champion of a state-led growth modelí. China represents a novel environment for research, practice and legislation for CSR by virtue of the distinctive roles of its government and regulation, and the integration of the Chinese economy into the globalized map. As such, Corporate Social Responsibility in Contemporary China considers the treatment of CSR in the academic literature and the inherent scepticism underpinning the reception of analyses of CSR within a legal framework. As the Chinese economy continues its rapid growth and market reform, economic aggression and corporate voracity cannot ride roughshod over the call for sustainable transition or outstrip the need to maintain the health, welfare and safety of both people and planet. However, Chinaís sustainability crisis, including environmental and social problems, is seriously hindering the movement of the Chinese economy towards a stronger and more respectable position.