Corporate social responsibility and the state : by Jane Lister

By Jane Lister

''Public difficulty approximately worsening worldwide environmental and social stipulations has ended in skepticism in regards to the efficacy of voluntary company social accountability (CSR) courses, and to strain for governmental CSR engagement. one of many first reviews to enquire the position of the kingdom in CSR, this booklet offers perception into the hot governance version of private-public co-regulation rising round the globe. Read more...

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As explained later, it should be noted that these categories represent theoretical ideal types. Overlap and mixed modes occur in practice. 22 Co-Regulating Corporate Social Responsibility Hierarchical Governance Hierarchical modes of governance concern the traditional bureaucratic, command-and-control style of direct government intervention through economic and social regulation. Legally binding standards are prescribed, policies and programs are implemented, and compliance is monitored through a government agency.

Following on from Ayres and Braithwaite, Gunningham and Grabosky (1998) introduced the concept of “smart regulation,” or expanding the traditional use of command-and-control regulation to include an alternative, innovative, and more dynamic mix of policy instruments that harness not just governments but also businesses and third-party NGOs. Specifically, they argue that in addressing complex environmental issues, the use of multiple instruments and a broader range of regulatory actors will produce better environmental regulations.

These include consideration of the legitimacy, accountability, and effectiveness of the private rule-making systems. 27 Beyond assessing the acceptance and uptake of the private standards, legitimacy also relates to the accountability and effectiveness of the governance mechanism. ”28 Accountability is commonly evaluated through “input-oriented legitimacy” criteria, including inclusiveness (representative participation), responsiveness (openness to stakeholder input), and transparency (reliable information and communication).

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