The A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility / Edition 1

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CSR has now moved beyond the stage of specialist or niche subject to become an integral part of global business and society. This timely edition is destined to become the definitive guide to CSR, Sustainability, Business Ethics and the organizations and standards in the field.

The A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility is a unique publication and is the culmination of over a hundred of the world’s leading thinkers, opinion formers, academic and business people providing an easy-to-use guide to CSR: from general concepts such as sustainability, stakeholder management, business ethics and human rights to more specific topics such as carbon trading, microfinance, biodiversity, the Base of the Pyramid model and globalisation. In addition to definitions of the most important terms across the wide range of CSR associated topics, this book also covers all the most important codes and guidelines, such as the Equator Principles, the UN Global Compact and ISO standards, as well as providing background on organizations such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and Transparency International and profiles of CSR in particular industries and regions.

This paperback edition includes all the latest developments in CSR as well as incorporating new sections on boardroom pay, the sub-prime market and the financial crisis.

Praise for the first edition:

"A complete reference guide...offers an invaluable combination of lessons learned and best practice for the future...provides first–hand insights" (Forum CSR International, October 2008)

"This is a timely and innovative contribution to the field of Corporate Social Responsibility" (Retail & Leisure International, February 2008)

"...a handy reference to have on the shelf behind your desk..." (Ethical Performance, February 2008)

“You will not find a wider display of today’s key global players and their action programs than here.” (CSR–, May 2008)

“The book contains a great deal of detailed research.” (Supply Management, May 2008)

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Editorial Reviews

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"A complete reference guide...offers an invaluable combination of lessons learned and best practice for the future...provides first-hand insights" (Forum CSR International, October 2008)

"This is a timely and innovative contribution to the field of Corporate Social Responsibility"  (Retail & Leisure International, February 2008)

"...a handy reference to have on the shelf behind your desk..." (Ethical Perormance, February 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470686508
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Edition description: 2nd, Revised and Updated Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Wayne Visser is Research Director at the University ofCambridge Programme for Industry and is responsible forspearheading a programme of research into sustainabilityleadership, learning and change. He is the author of four books,including three on the social, environmental and ethicalresponsibilities of business, one of which was also made into aleadership training video, as well as numerous articles andconference papers. He has lectured on corporate responsibility andsustainability at universities in Finland (Turku), South Africa(Cape Town, Rhodes and Stellenbosch) and the UK (Cambridge, Cardiffand Nottingham), including teaching a module on CSR in DevelopingCountries. Prior to joining Cambridge Programme for Industry, Waynewas Director of Sustainability Services for KPMG and StrategyAnalyst for CAP Gemini in South Africa.

Professor Dirk Matten holds the Hewlett-Packard Chair inCorporate Social Responsibility and is a Professor of Policy at theSchulich School of Business, York University, Toronto. Until 2006,he had a chair in business ethics and was director of a researchcentre on sustainability issues at the Royal Holloway College ofthe University of London, UK. He has 12 books and editedcollections and more than 150 journal articles, book chapters andconference papers to his name. Prof. Matten has taught andundertaken research at academic institutions in Australia, Belgium,Britain, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy and theUS. His work has won numerous international awards, most recentlythe ‘Max Weber Textbook Award’ of the Institut derDeutschen Wirtschaft, awarded by Germany’s deputy chancellorFranz Müntefering in November 2006 in Berlin.

Professor Manfred Pohl is the founder and CEO ofthe Institute for Corporate Culture Affairs (ICCA). Born inBliesransbach, Germany, in 1944, he received his PhD in Historyfrom the University of Saarbrücken, Germany, in 1972. Since1972 he has been an Honorary Professor at the University ofFrankfurt.  He is currently the Deputy Chairman of theEuropean Association for Banking History e.V and of Konventfür Deutschland e.V. In October 2001 he received the EuropeanAward for Culture at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. FromJune 2002 Manfred Pohl was head of the Corporate Cultural Affairsdepartment at Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, responsible for allcultural activities as well as charitable donations and sponsoringwithin Deutsche Bank globally before retiring in May 2007. Prof.Pohl has written over a hundred books, articles and monographs ontopics as varied as business history, culture, politics, ethics andtravel.

Nick Tolhurst is Managing Director of the Institute forCorporate Culture Affairs (ICCA) which he joined in April 2004.Before joining ICCA, Nick Tolhurst worked for the British ForeignMinistry in Germany, advising British companies in Germany andGerman companies investing in the UK. Previously, Nick Tolhurstworked for the European Commission at DG II (Economics andFinancial Affairs) preparing for the introduction of the Euro indiffering cultures and economic systems. Nick Tolhurst studied atLondon Metropolitan University (UK) and completed a Masters’Degree at Osnabrück University (Germany) both in EuropeanStudies specialising in Economics and Cultural Studies. His thesisdissertation was on the role of differing cultural and economiccontexts with regard to the European Monetary Union process. NickTolhurst has written and edited publications on CSR, CorporateCulture and Economics including, most recently, the ICCAHandbook on CSR.

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Table of Contents


The A to Z of CSR – Introduction (Wayne Visser and Dirk Matten).

About the Editors.

List of Contributors.

Contents of the A to Z.

The A to Z.

List of Abbreviations.

Index of Terms.

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