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CSR: A New Form of Social Regulation for Labour Relations within Transnational Companies

André Sobczak

in The Responsible Corporation in a Global Economy

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199592173
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729058 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592173.003.0007
CSR: A New Form of Social Regulation for Labour Relations within Transnational Companies

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Labour relations have not been labelled as CSR research because the latter tends to focus on the voluntary initiatives of corporations, and little has been written about the articulation between voluntary CSR initiatives and mandatory labour law regulations. CSR is presented in this chapter as a new form of social regulation for labour relations within transnational companies. The interaction between CSR and labour law norms is examined and the potential added‐value of voluntary CSR initiatives, as well as the risks they may create from a labour law perspective, are discussed. The analysis focuses on international companies and their CSR commitments towards the employees of their suppliers and subcontractors, in particular those in developing countries. The chapter also uses the case of international framework agreements (IFAs) to illustrate how employees' representatives may be involved in the definition and implementation of CSR strategies.

Keywords: CSR; IFAs; labour relations; social regulation

Chapter.  6010 words. 

Subjects: Corporate Governance

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