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The New Corporate Accountability : Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law - Doreen J. McBarnet

The New Corporate Accountability

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law

By: Doreen J. McBarnet (Editor), Aurora Voiculescu (Editor), Tom Campbell (Editor)


Published: 6th August 2009
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The adoption by companies of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies is routinely characterised as voluntary. But if CSR is self-governance by business, it is self-governance that has received a firm push from external social and market forces, from forces of social accountability.

Law is also playing a more significant role than the image of CSR suggests, and this legal accountability - the focus of the book - is set to increase. Legal intervention should not, however, be seen as making social accountability redundant. Wider ethical standards and social and market forces are also necessary to make legal regulation effective. Law is being brought into play in innovative and indirect ways. The initiative lies as much with private organisations as with the state. At the same time governments are using social and market forces to foster CSR. In the context of corporate social responsibility, a new, multi-faceted, corporate accountability is emerging.

About the Authors

Doreen McBarnet is Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford.

Aurora Voiculescu is Lecturer in Law at the Centre for Law, Open University. Tom Campbell is Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), Charles Sturt University.

'... a heavyweight book, both literally and metaphorically ...' The RoSPA Occupational Safety and Health Journal

List of Contributorsp. ix
Introduction Doreen McBarnetp. 1
Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law
Corporate social responsibility beyond law, through law, for law: the new corporate accountabilityp. 9
Bringing Law into Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate social responsibility through contractual control? Global supply chains and 'other-regulation'p. 59
Corporate social responsibility and Public Procurementp. 93
Corporate codes of conduct: moral or legal obligation?p. 119
Corporate accountability through creative enforcement: human rights, the Alien Tort Claims Act and the limits of legal impunityp. 148
Bringing corporate social responsibility to the World Trade Organisationp. 177
Meta-regulation: legal accountability for corporate social responsibilityp. 207
Expanding Legal Accountabilities: Company Law and Beyond
Disclosure law and the market for corporate social responsibilityp. 241
The board as a path toward corporate social responsibilityp. 279
The new corporate law: corporate social responsibility and employees' interestsp. 307
Shareholder activism for corporate social responsibility: law and practice in the United States, Japan, France and Spainp. 336
The other European framework for corporate social responsibility: from the Green Paper to new uses of human rights instrumentsp. 365
Expanding Legal Accountabilities: Corporate Responsibility, Human Rights and the Environment
Changing paradigms of corporate criminal responsibility: lessons for corporate social responsibilityp. 399
Corporate social responsibility and international law: the case of human rights and multinational enterprisesp. 431
"The Norms are dead! Long live the Norms!' The politics behind the UN Human Rights Norms for corporationsp. 459
Corporate environmental responsibility: law and the limits of voluntarismp. 476
Power and responsibility: why human rights should address corporate environmental wrongsp. 501
Moral and Analytical Issues in Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law
The normative grounding of corporate social responsibility: a human rights approachp. 529
Indexp. 565

ISBN: 9780521142090
ISBN-10: 0521142091
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 602
Published: 6th August 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.956