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The social policies of corporations: occupational welfare and corporate social responsibility

Kevin Farnsworth

in Corporate power and social policy in a global economy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9781861344748
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301998 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344748.003.0007
The social policies of corporations: occupational welfare and corporate social responsibility

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This chapter looks at firms and corporate social policy, through which businesses are able to shape overall levels of social provision within societies. Occupational welfare and corporate community involvement or corporate social responsibility (CSR) are of growing importance to governments and service providers keen to meet growing needs and tackle social problems within changing welfare environments. Central government has tried to increase firm involvement in local services and encourage the expansion of occupational welfare as a way of shifting some of the pressure away from the state and onto employers. This chapter investigates corporate social policy in both its forms. It presents an audit of occupational welfare before examining the development of the CSR strategies of some of the largest firms in the UK.

Keywords: corporate social policy; UK; social provision; occupational welfare; central government; CSR strategies

Chapter.  9055 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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