Corporate Social Responsibility and the State
International Approaches to Forest Co-Regulation
Public concern about corporate impacts on global environmental and social conditions has been mounting. In response, many corporations have engaged in voluntary corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs that aim to address sustainability issues across a wide range of sectors. Such efforts are promising in principle, but in reality, CSR participation has unfolded unevenly across the globe. This inequity has led to increasing skepticism about the efficacy of voluntary CSR efforts, and to increased pressure on governments to be more involved.
In Corporate Social Responsibility and the State, Jane Lister examines CSR governance through the lens of forest certification in Canada, the US, and Sweden. Her comparative investigation draws on more than a hundred interviews with key stakeholders to yield unique, practical information on the governing of CSR. Lister ultimately argues the importance of co-regulation, whereby private rule-making systems serve as a complement to strong state regulation.
One of the first studies to directly address the role of the public sector in CSR, this engaging book provides a theoretical perspective and much-needed guidance on the new governance model of co-regulating CSR to achieve effective social and environmental stewardship.
This book will be of primary interest to forest-policy–makers, scholars of environmental politics and business strategy, environmental NGOs, and forest company managers. It will also appeal to a broader range of civil society groups, government and industry agencies, educators, and informed general readers interested in corporate social responsibility research and implementation.
‘This is a first-class study that makes a significant contribution to its field by developing and systematically applying a framework to evaluate governmental responses to forest certification at the national and sub-national levels.’
'This book presents an excellent study of the role of government in forest certification, and will be a seminal work in the field. The work is innovative and well-grounded, and it advances the science and understanding of ‘polity, politics, and policy’ of forest certification.'
2 Co-Regulating Corporate Social Responsibility
3 Government's Role in Forest Certification
4 Canada: Government Authority in Forest Certification
5 The United States: Enhanced Governance of Certified State Forests
6 Sweden: Public/Private Forest Policy Interplay and Innovation
Appendices: Research Interviews; The Leading Global Forest Certification Programs; Summary of US State Forest Agency Interviews; US State Forest Certification Audit Outcomes
Notes, References, Index
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