The Heart of Corporate Social Responsibility

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What does “social” mean in Corporate Social Responsibility? Discover what is missed out from most CSR textbooks as it challenges conventional thinking on responsibility in politics and business.
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Peter Challis is a former strategic manager in the civil service and a local authority. He is a qualified accountant and has an MA in Strategic Management from the University of Chichester gained alongside his role in promoting local authority shared services. On leaving salaried employment, Peter wor...

Peter Challis is a former strategic manager in the civil service and a local authority. He is a qualified accountant and has an MA in Strategic Management from the University of Chichester gained alongside his role in promoting local authority shared services. On leaving salaried employment, Peter wor...

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There is a difference between Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Responsibility (CR). The former is based on social justice and the latter on making the free market more efficient. This book argues that the compassion of social justice is being presented by right wing politicians as left wing socialism that would destroy the free market and reduce our standard of living. The dropping of “social” in CSR puts business above society. The social in CSR does not mean socialism but the common good. The society envisaged by neo-liberal ideology has no room for the “social” in CSR. People seeking to understand CSR also need to appreciate the ideologies of managerialism that support unethical management and of New Capitalism with its inhumanity. The book suggests that a new form of business based on fairness between capital and labour, social business, could be built through pressure and active support from citizens and consumers. Citizens need to see through the political spin of the neo-liberals before an alternative to managerialism and New Capitalism can be found. The “social” in CSR accepts that business is responsible to society and that society should not be subservient to business.

  1. The Social Dimension of CSR
    1. Introduction
    2. Sociology for the Strategic Manager
    3. Business and people
    4. Behavioural economics, nudge theory and ethics
    5. Thinking about sociology
    6. An introduction to critical reflection and critical theory
    7. Conclusions
    8. References
    9. Further reading
    10. Self-test Questions
  2. Ethics in business and government
    1. Introduction
    2. The political dimension and ideology
    3. Neo-liberalism
    4. Psychological persuasion
    5. Psychology and ethics in politics
    6. Psychology and ethics in business
    7. Conclusions
    8. References
    9. Further reading
    10. Self-test Questions
  3. The Social Contract
    1. Introduction
    2. An Introduction to Social Contract Theory
    3. New Capitalism and Neo-liberalism
    4. Management and ideology
    5. Political ideology in the Third Way and Big Society versions of capitalism
    6. CSR as a system that integrates business within society
    7. Conclusions
    8. References
    9. Further reading
    10. Self-test Questions
  4. Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility
    1. Introduction
    2. Business ethics, social responsibility and morality
    3. Social Responsibility in the US and UK
    4. Social objectives and business strategic management
    5. The social enterprise
    6. Weaknesses in the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility
    7. Conclusions
    8. References
    9. Further Reading
    10. Self-test Questions
  5. The social context of CSR
    1. Introduction
    2. Business as part of society
    3. Corporate Social Irresponsibility
    4. Communitarianism and CSR
    5. What should the responsibility of business be to society?
    6. The power of citizens and consumers
    7. Conclusions
    8. References
    9. Further reading
    10. Self-test Questions
  6. The Social Business
    1. Introduction
    2. Community, society, the state and business
    3. Communitarianism as a political dimension for CSR
    4. The concept of social business
    5. Public services as social businesses
    6. Social control of business
    7. Conclusions
    8. References
    9. Further reading
    10. Self-test Questions