Corporate Social Responsibility in a Globalizing World

  • 8h 45m
  • Alwyn Lim (eds), Kiyoteru Tsutsui
  • Cambridge University Press
  • 2015

Why do corporations increasingly engage in good deeds that do not immediately help their bottom line, and what are the consequences of these activities? This volume examines these questions by drawing on historical documents, interviews, qualitative case comparison, fieldwork, multiple regression, time-series analysis and multidimensional scaling, among others. Informed by neoinstitutionalism and political economy approaches, the authors examine how global and local dimensions of contemporary corporate social responsibility (CSR) intersect with each other. Their rigorous empirical analyses produce insights into the historical roots of suspicions concerning cross-societal economic actors, why and how global CSR frameworks evolved into current forms, how conceptions of CSR vary across societies, what motivates corporations to participate in CSR frameworks, what impacts such participation might have on corporate reputation and actual practices, whether CSR activities shield corporations from targeting by boycott campaigns or invite more criticism, and what alternative responses corporations might have to buying into CSR principles.

  • Proposes a global approach to understanding the rise and spread of corporate social responsibility, explaining the origin of CSR and the reasons for its growing popularity across the globe
  • Demonstrates the impact of global CSR frameworks on corporate behavior
  • Presents empirical analyses with findings that are useful for both scholars and practitioners

In this Book

  • The Social Regulation of the Economy in the Global Context
  • Legitimating the Transnational Corporation in a Stateless World Society
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and the Evolving Standards Regime: Regulatory and Political Dynamics
  • Explaining the Rise of National Corporate Social Responsibility: The Role of Global Frameworks, World Culture, and Corporate Interests
  • Corporations, Conflict Minerals, and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • The Institutionalization of Supply Chain Corporate Social Responsibility: Field Formation in Comparative Context
  • Sustainability Discourse and Capitalist Variety: A Comparative Institutional Analysis
  • Why Firms Participate in the Global Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives, 2000–2010
  • Why do Companies Join the United Nations Global Compact? The Case of Japanese Signatories
  • Global Corporate Resistance to Public Pressures: Corporate Stakeholder Mobilization in the United States, Norway, Germany, and France
  • Is Greenness in the Eye of the Beholder? Corporate Social Responsibility Frameworks and the Environmental Performance of US Firms
  • The Mobility of Industries and the Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility: Labor Codes of Conduct in Indonesian Factories
  • Good Firms, Good Targets: The Relationship Among Corporate Social Responsibility, Reputation, and Activist Targeting
  • Conclusion: Corporate Social Responsibility as Social Regulation