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Corporate Social Responsibility?Human Rights in the New Global Economy$
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Charlotte Walker-Said and John D. Kelly

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226244273

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226244440.001.0001

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Two Cheers for CSR

Two Cheers for CSR

(p.31) Chapter Two Two Cheers for CSR
Corporate Social Responsibility?

Peter Rosenblum

University of Chicago Press

This chapter provides an overview of corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies employed by industry as well as activist networks and draws out aspects of the apparel and extractive sector's CSR struggles. Because of their centrality to the evolution of CSR and for what they suggest about strengths and weaknesses in systems of redress, these industries require critical examination. This chapter argues that standards do not function in isolation, despite all the effort to create systems of monitoring, policing and enforcing them. When standards do work, it is because of external forces like local law enforcement or the continuing efforts of journalists and NGOs that act outside the agreed structures. The chapter concludes with a recent case study that accentuates the limitations of CSR. It describes the case of an extraordinary CSR-driven investment project and how owners and investors managed to avoid fulfilling any of its commitments until it was confronted.

Keywords:   corporate social responsibility, apparel industry, extractive industries, shareholder activism, litigation, media

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