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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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Transparency, Auditability, and the Contradictions of CSR

Transparency, Auditability, and the Contradictions of CSR

(p.72) Chapter Four Transparency, Auditability, and the Contradictions of CSR
Corporate Social Responsibility?

Anna Zalik

University of Chicago Press

Today, audit practices associated with flexibilized capitalism aim to imbue social trust into operations physically distanced from the loci of control (arising from the shifting investments characteristic of financialization). As recent scholarship has underlined, transparency and audit is a cultural practice that extends to the constitution of economics and finance as discipline and practice. Through the lens of a critique of ideology, one sees how transparency covers for the role of private capital in shaping socio-ecological practice at the site of operations as well as in global governance. Applied to oil, gas and mining, the formal auditability that these practices achieve frequently runs counter to substantive access to information in key extractive regions, both in Global North and South.

Keywords:   CSR, transparency, audits, auditing, petroleum, industrial security, humanitarianism

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