"Can CSR deliver development?"



The seminar will cover the latest research of prof. Frynas on Corporate social responsibility and the question whether it can deliver development. In particular with particular regard to the oil industry. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has emerged as an important approach for addressing the social and environmental impact of company activities. Yet companies are increasingly expected to go beyond this. They are now often expected to assist in addressing many of the world's most pressing problems, including climate change, poverty and HIV/AIDS. With increasing expectations placed on business, this book asks if CSR is capable of delivering on these larger expectations. It does so by investigating an industry that has been at the centre of the CSR development - the oil and gas sector. Looking at companies from developed countries such as Exxon and Shell, as well as companies from emerging economies such as Brazil's Petrobras and China's CNOOC, Frynas investigates the potential of CSR for addressing three important challenges in the business-society relationship: the environment, development and governance.
George Frynas is a lecturer at Middlesex University, UK. His research interests include corporate social responsibility, business-government relations and development economics. He published extensively on multinationals in such journals as Strategic Management Journal and International Affairs. His latest books include Global Strategic Management, with Oxford University Press; Transnational Corporations and Human Rights, with Palgrave, 2003; and Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility: Oil Multinationals and Social Challenges with Cambridge University Press, 2009
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