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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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Multistakeholder Initiative Anatomy

Multistakeholder Initiative Anatomy

Understanding Institutional Design and Development

(p.213) Chapter Ten Multistakeholder Initiative Anatomy
Corporate Social Responsibility?

Amelia Evans

University of Chicago Press

Today, the term “multi-stakeholder initiative” (MSI) has mainstreamed into corporate social responsibility (CSR) practice, and the issue of whether to join an MSI is now a core consideration of civil society engagement strategies and government policy. Despite the rapid growth of MSIs, their conceptual and theoretical consensus as institutions remains weak. While each individual MSI undoubtedly operates within its own context and raises specific and unique issues, the author's discussions with individuals from government, industry and civil society involved in, or concerned by, MSIs has demonstrated that there are broad commonalities in the formation process, structure, implementation and membership patterns of an MSI. Understanding these commonalties allows for the development of a framework for analyzing whether MSIs are effective instruments for addressing the adverse impacts of industry. It also allows those involved in – or concerned by – an MSI to better understand how to craft the most robust initiatives. This chapter takes a necessary first step towards those goals by outlining the common development, design and implementation features of those MSIs that set standards to address the negative externalities of transnational business.

Keywords:   Multi Stakeholder Initiative, EITI, CSR membership structure, buy-in, world bank, Kimberly Process

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