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Promoting CSR through the United Nations: Developmental and Governance Implications

Peter Utting

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/9780199592173.003.0009
Promoting CSR through the United Nations: Developmental and Governance Implications

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This chapter has an explicitly political focus and thus places the large corporation directly in the political science sphere. First, UN thinking and policy on CSR is outlined within a broader context of progressive UN ideas in the fields of development and governance, identifying a trend towards convergence in CSR policy between UN organizations, the World Bank, and the IMF over the last few decades. This new approach culminated in 1999 with the UN's ‘Global Compact’ initiated by Kofi Annan. Second, a more critical view of CSR is taken with respect to its developmental effectiveness and the type of development model that it reinforces. Developmental contributions being defined here as those that support social inclusiveness, sustainability, and the human rights of people in developing economies and not solely economic growth.

Keywords: CSR; development; UN; Global Compact; corporate globalization

Chapter.  11351 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Corporate Governance

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