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The contribution of corporate social responsibility to sustainable development


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  • Jeremy Moon

    (International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Nottingham University Business School, UK)

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    This paper considers the motivations for and nature of business contributions to sustainable development though the medium of corporate social responsibility (CSR). It compares CSR with sustainable development, given that they are both 'essentially contested concepts'; it introduces CSR's changing meaning and it explains why there has been a recent increase in CSR with reference to the increasing socialization of markets as a result of narrow market drivers, along with other social, governmental and globalization drivers. It uses Hart's 'A natural-resource-based view of the firm' to explain the way in which these drivers give rise to sustainable development agendas in companies and provides illustration of these. The concluding discussion identifies some limitations to CSR as a vehicle for sustainable development and signals important avenues of research for policy-makers. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Sustainable Development.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 5 ()
    Pages: 296-306

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:sustdv:v:15:y:2007:i:5:p:296-306

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    1. Carroll, Archie B., 1991. "The pyramid of corporate social responsibility: Toward the moral management of organizational stakeholders," Business Horizons, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 39-48.
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    1. Ashley, P.A., 2010. "Interactions between states and markets in a global context of change: contribution for building a research agenda on stakeholders’ social responsibility," ISS Working Papers - General Series, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague 506, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.
    2. Windsor, Duane, 2013. "Corporate social responsibility and irresponsibility: A positive theory approach," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 66(10), pages 1937-1944.
    3. Adeolu O. Adewuyi & Afolabi E. Olowookere, 2010. "CSR and sustainable community development in Nigeria: WAPCO, a case from the cement industry," Social Responsibility Journal, Emerald Group Publishing, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 6(4), pages 522-535, November.
    4. Reinhard Steurer, 2010. "The role of governments in corporate social responsibility: characterising public policies on CSR in Europe," Policy Sciences, Springer, Springer, vol. 43(1), pages 49-72, March.
    5. Rodica Milena Zaharia & Alin Stancu & Carmen Stoian & Mihaela Diaconu, 2010. "Commercial Activity’s Contribution to Sustainable Development by Social Responsability Actions: a Vision of SMEs," The AMFITEATRU ECONOMIC journal, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 12(27), pages 155-167, February.
    6. Maria Jesus Munoz-Torres & Maria Angeles Fernandez-Izquierdo & Luisa Nieto-Soria & Juana Maria Rivera-Lirio & Elena Escrig-Olmedo & Raul Leon-Soriano, 2009. "SMEs and corporate social responsibility. The perspective from Spanish companies," International Journal of Sustainable Economy, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 1(3), pages 270-288.
    7. Lebano, A., 2010. "The concept of corporate social responsibility: a philosophical approach," ISS Working Papers - General Series, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague 508, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.
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    9. Luis Perez-Batres & Van Miller & Michael Pisani, 2010. "CSR, Sustainability and the Meaning of Global Reporting for Latin American Corporations," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, Springer, vol. 91(2), pages 193-209, February.
    10. Dong-shang Chang & Li-chin Regina Kuo, 2008. "The effects of sustainable development on firms' financial performance - an empirical approach," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 16(6), pages 365-380.


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