Corporate Responsibility

Paperback | November 24, 2014

byMichael Blowfield, Alan Murray

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In its journey from the margins to the mainstream, the idea of corporate responsibility has become a significant part of the business agenda. Whilst society has always held expectations of business that go beyond wealth creation, the backdrop against which businesses now operate -characterised by financial crisis, climate change, political shifts, and population growth - has seen corporate responsibility becoming increasingly central to the ability of businesses to address global concerns.In a world where prosperity is measured in terms of economic growth, the pressure on business to maximise profits whilst also being held publically accountable for its social and environmental record, continues to increase. Drawing on numerous case studies, theories, and perspectives, this textbook explores what corporate responsibility reveals about the changing role of business in the twenty-first century. The third edition has been updated to reflect the full impact of the 2008-9 financial crisis and new examples of actual business practice have been presented throughout. These include: Google and their struggles with the Chinese government over censorship; Trafigura and their illegal dumping oftoxic waste; and Proctor and Gamble and their charitable work to provide clean water to poor communities. The text is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre which includes:For students:Additional case studies Further readingSources on regulation and governanceSuggested films Web exercises Web links For lecturers:Images from the book

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In its journey from the margins to the mainstream, the idea of corporate responsibility has become a significant part of the business agenda. Whilst society has always held expectations of business that go beyond wealth creation, the backdrop against which businesses now operate -characterised by financial crisis, climate change, polit...

Michael Blowfield is Senior Research Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment where he researches business transformation in an era of climate change and resource constrained economies. Alan Murray is the Hoare Chair in Responsible Management at Winchester University. He founded the British Academy of Management ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:November 24, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199678324

ISBN - 13:9780199678327

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Table of Contents

The meaning and origins of corporate responsibility1. Introducing corporate responsibility2. The origins of corporate responsibility3. Sustainable development4. Corporate responsibility in developing economies5. Globalization and corporate responsibilityManaging and implementing corporate responsibility6. How corporate responsibility is managed7. The place of corporate responsibility in the corporate governance framework8. Social accounting9. Stakeholder management and engagement10. Socially responsible investment11. Corporate responsibility in smaller enterprisesImpact, critics, and future of corporate responsibility12. The impact of corporate responsibility13. Criticisms of corporate responsibility14. The future of corporate responsibility

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`'A really good book. I recommend it because it adopts a critical approach that encourages students to discuss and debate both the ethical and the pragmatic aspects of current theory and the practice of corporate responsibility.' 'Kleio Akrivou, University of Reading