The structural contradictions and constraints on corporate social responsibility: Challenges for corporate social irresponsibility

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621510
Title:
The structural contradictions and constraints on corporate social responsibility: Challenges for corporate social irresponsibility
Authors:
Nunn, Alex ( 0000-0002-1362-2170 )
Abstract:
Purpose - This chapter engages critically with the ideas of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and irresponsibility (CSI) in order to examine their utility for the purposes of realizing more socially just and environmentally sustainable social and economic practices. Methodology/approach - The chapter develops Marx's understanding of the twin pressures of class struggle and inter-capitalist competition in setting the limits of agency for corporate actors. It is thus theoretical and discursive in nature. Findings - The findings of the chapter suggest that the scope for corporate agency in relation to responsibility/irresponsibility is severely limited by inter-capitalist competition and capitalist social relations. It therefore argues that those interested in social justice and environmental sustainability should focus on these structural pressures rather than theorizing corporate agency. Social implications - The research suggests that the focus of academic and government attention should be on resolving the contradictions and exploitative social relations inherent in capitalism. Without this emphasis activism, corporate agency and government action will not eradicate the types of problem that advocates of CSR/CSI are concerned about. Originality/value of paper - The value of the paper is that it contests and engages critically with the utility of the notion of CSR and the emergent concept of CSI. It asks proponents of these concepts to think seriously about the structural pressures and constraints within which business and policy makers act. Copyrightr © 2012 by Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Affiliation:
Leeds Beckett University
Citation:
Nunn, A (2012) The structural contradictions and constraints on corporate social responsibility: Challenges for corporate social irresponsibility.In: Corporate Social Irresponsibility. UNSPECIFIED, 63 - 82. ISBN 9781780529981 DOI:10.1108/S2043-9059(2012)0000004012
Publisher:
Emerald
Issue Date:
2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621510
DOI:
10.1108/S2043-9059(2012)0000004012
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/S2043-9059%282012%290000004012; http://eprints.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/454/
Type:
Book chapter
Language:
en
ISSN:
20439059
ISBN:
9781780529981
Sponsors:
N/A
Appears in Collections:
Department of Social Sciences

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dc.contributor.authorNunn, Alexen
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-23T15:25:05Z-
dc.date.available2017-03-23T15:25:05Z-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.identifier.citationNunn, A (2012) The structural contradictions and constraints on corporate social responsibility: Challenges for corporate social irresponsibility.In: Corporate Social Irresponsibility. UNSPECIFIED, 63 - 82. ISBN 9781780529981 DOI:10.1108/S2043-9059(2012)0000004012en
dc.identifier.isbn9781780529981en
dc.identifier.issn20439059-
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/S2043-9059(2012)0000004012-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/621510-
dc.description.abstractPurpose - This chapter engages critically with the ideas of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and irresponsibility (CSI) in order to examine their utility for the purposes of realizing more socially just and environmentally sustainable social and economic practices. Methodology/approach - The chapter develops Marx's understanding of the twin pressures of class struggle and inter-capitalist competition in setting the limits of agency for corporate actors. It is thus theoretical and discursive in nature. Findings - The findings of the chapter suggest that the scope for corporate agency in relation to responsibility/irresponsibility is severely limited by inter-capitalist competition and capitalist social relations. It therefore argues that those interested in social justice and environmental sustainability should focus on these structural pressures rather than theorizing corporate agency. Social implications - The research suggests that the focus of academic and government attention should be on resolving the contradictions and exploitative social relations inherent in capitalism. Without this emphasis activism, corporate agency and government action will not eradicate the types of problem that advocates of CSR/CSI are concerned about. Originality/value of paper - The value of the paper is that it contests and engages critically with the utility of the notion of CSR and the emergent concept of CSI. It asks proponents of these concepts to think seriously about the structural pressures and constraints within which business and policy makers act. Copyrightr © 2012 by Emerald Group Publishing Limited.en
dc.description.sponsorshipN/Aen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmeralden
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/S2043-9059%282012%290000004012en
dc.relation.urlhttp://eprints.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/454/en
dc.subjectCapitalist social relationsen
dc.subjectClass struggleen
dc.subjectCorporate social irresponsibilityen
dc.subjectInter-capitalist competitionen
dc.subjectSocial justiceen
dc.titleThe structural contradictions and constraints on corporate social responsibility: Challenges for corporate social irresponsibilityen
dc.typeBook chapteren
dc.contributor.departmentLeeds Beckett Universityen
dc.title.bookCorporate Social Irresponsibilityen
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