Multinational Corporations and the Impact of Public Advocacy on Corporate Strategy: Nestle and the Infant Formula Controversy / Edition 1

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Multinational Corporations and the Impact of Public Advocacy on Corporate Strategy: Nestlé and the Infant Formula Controversy presents an in-depth analysis of the infant formula controversy and the resulting international boycott of Nestlé products launched by various social activist groups and church organizations. The actions of those groups culminated in the passage of the first international marketing code under the auspices of the World Health Organization.
Based on exhaustive and unique research, the book details the Nestlé case and uses it to analyze a number of other major issues bearing on contemporary business strategy and operations in the national and international arena. Issues addressed include:
• The rising phenomenon of social activism and its affect on public opinion and public policy;
• The changing role of churches and other religious groups and their impact on corporate strategy and behavior;
• The emergence of UN affiliated international bodies, as both arbiters and regulators of market conduct of multinational corporations;
• The changing dynamics between multinational corporations and host countries;
• The factors which determine a company's behavior and its ability to adapt to changing societal expectations. £/LIST£ Multinational Corporations and the Impact of Public Advocacy on Corporate Strategy: Nestlé and the Infant Formula Controversy presents a microcosm of business society conflicts being played out in all parts of the world. This scholarly book will be of great interest to academics in the areas of management, business ethics, social conflict, and international regulation. It will also appeal to a broad corporate and government audience and to anyone interested in contemporary world affairs and the increasing globalization of socio-economic conflicts.

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Editorial Reviews

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' Sethi's book is an excellent addition to the body of literature on public policy. I highly recommend it. ' Journal of International Business Studies 3 quarter 1994
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792393788
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 1/18/1994
  • Series: Issues in Business Ethics Series, #6
  • Edition description: 1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 315
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Sethi is University Distinguished Professor of Management at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, The City University of New York. He is currently visiting Yale University as Forrest Mars, Sr. Professor of Ethics, Politics and Economics. He holds a Masters degree in Economics from Delhi University, India, and MBA and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, New York.

Dr. Sethi has extensive experience in monitoring sweatshop like working conditions in factories in China and other parts of Asia including Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Bangladesh and India.

Dr. Sethi enjoys international recognition as a pre-eminent researcher and scholar in the areas of corporate social responsibility and accountability, ethical norms of business conduct, sustainable development, human rights, environmental protection, and international codes of conduct. He has done pioneering work in creating and implementing international corporate codes of conduct and global supply-chain management.

In addition to his academic responsibilities, Dr. Sethi is the founder and President of Sethi International Center for Corporate Accountability Inc., (SICCA). SICCA is an independent non-profit think tank, which undertakes cutting-edge research and public policy advocacy in the area of enhanced corporate accountability through voluntary corporate codes of conduct in the national and international arena. Under his direction, SICCA has conducted independent external audits of major multinational corporations for compliance verification with the companies' international codes of conduct in a number of countries around the world.

In 2008, Dr. Sethi was awarded the Reputation Institute Award for Inspiring and Innovative Contribution to Scholarship and Practice. He was also the recipient of the "Beyond the Grey Pinstripes 2003 Faculty Pioneer Award for External Impact" given by The Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program and World Resources Institute. More recently, his work was profiled in a lengthy article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine.

He has published 24 books and over 135 articles in professional and scholarly journals. His writings have also appeared in major national and international news media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Business Week. His two most recent books on this subject are: Group Purchasing Organizations: An Undisclosed Scandal in the U.S. Healthcare Industry (New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2009), and Setting Global Standards: Guidelines for Creating Codes of Conduct in Multinational Corporations (New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003).

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Table of Contents

Preface. Book I: The Setting. 1. The Infant Formula Controversy at the Center Stage. 2. The Societal Context of the Infant Formula Controversy. 3. The Institutional Context of the Formula Controversy. Book II: The Gathering Storm. 4. Sowing the Seeds of the Infant Formula Controvery -- the Early Years. 5. The Infant Formula Controversy comes to the United States. 6. The Activistis throw down the Gauntlet -- the Kennedy Hearings and their Aftermath. 7. The Drive toward Code Enactment -- the Post Kennedy Era. Book III: Issues and Institution. 8. Health, Medical and Scientific Aspects of the Infant Formula Controversy. 9. Worldwide Infant Formula Sales, Markets and Industry Structure. 10. Infant Formula Industry and Major Manufacturers involved in the Controversy. 11. Major Religious and Activist Groups involved in the Infant Formula Controversy. Book IV: Escalation of the Conflict. 12. Involvement of the World Health Organization (WHO) Hearings in Geneva. 13. Dynamics of the Passage of the WHO Code -- Interplay between Institutions and Players. 14. The U.S. casts the 'Sole' Negative Vote: the Impact of Ideology and Domestic Policies. Book V: Drive toward Resolution of the Conflict. 15. Nestlé Coordination Center for Nutrition, Inc. (NCCN): Nestlé's Change in Organizational Structure and Strategies to deal with the Boycott. 16. 'Winning the Methodists': the Last Major Battle-Ground to enlist the Religious Community's Support for the Boycott. 17. Nestlé Infant Formula Audit Commission (NIFAC): a New Model for Gaining External Legitimacy for Corporate Actions. 18. Settlement of the Dispute and Termination of the Boycott: Discussions between INBC/INFACT and Nestlé -- UNICEF in the Role of an Honest Broker. Book VI: Some Lessons Learned and Unlearned. 19. The Lessons of Accountability -- Third World Governments: Expectations and Performance -- WHO'S Non-Existent Monitoring. 20. Code Compliance by the Infant Formula Industry: the New Nestlé -- the More Things Change, the More they Remain the Same. 21. Emerging Modes of Business--Society Conflict Resolution -- an Assessment. Index.
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