Good Corporation, Bad Corporation: Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Economy
Pub Date: 2016
ISBN 13: 978-1-9423412-5-3
Publisher: Open SUNY
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This book definitely tackles many of the contemporary ethical, social and environmental problems and debates facing modern corporations. From GMOs to read more
This book definitely tackles many of the contemporary ethical, social and environmental problems and debates facing modern corporations. From GMOs to Climate Change, the authors try to cover a broad range of topical and controversial issues, providing readers with ample literature to better appreciate the complexity and dynamism of the subject matter. While no text can cover every relevant area of CSRS, this book tries to educate the reader holistically and achieves this breadth in my opinion, very effectively
I would argue that the book is relatively unbiased, and tries to provide fact and objective sources to discuss the points raised. However, Chapter 2 seemed suspicious and relatively out of place, especially the section that deal with 'winning an argument for CSRS'. I treat CSRS, like any other management or academic pursuit, as one that requires scientific scrutiny and objectivity. This chapter seemingly suggests to students that their role is as CSRS disciples. In my opinion, this undermines the rest of the text that keep subject matter open for debate
Here is where perhaps my biggest concern lies. The book seems centered around important contemporary topics. Whether or not these topics will continue to be relevant or prioritized is highly debatable. I would liked to see the authors perhaps use topics to illustrate theory and principles rather than make than the focus of chapters.
The book is generally well written. But there are instances where I feel the authors could have been more succinct. Undergraduate students may find this a long, if not difficult read
There is a great consistency. However, ironically, the beginning of the book, in my opinion doesn't lay an effective framework for the overall layout.?
I definitely agree that it is modular. This I think is one of its key strengths. It would be very easy to assign specific chapters to students
As I stated here, there was consistency, but I wasn't always convinced about the flow.
The book seemed very clear and easy navigate. The illustrations were effectively reproduced
I found no real grammatical issues
Like in most instances, there was a western or North American bias. But this is to be expected due to the nature of the material. Where possible, 'global' examples were used
The book covers important topics in CSR, and given the current climate areas such as social media's role in CSR, Millennial's role in CSR would have read more
The book covers important topics in CSR, and given the current climate areas such as social media's role in CSR, Millennial's role in CSR would have added much value to the text.
The information provided is accurate and provided strong examples.
Addressing social media's role in CSR and Millennials would have contributed significantly to the books relevancy.
The context of each chapter is clear and appropriate language is used throughout.
The framework and layout of the book makes it an easy to use reference. The terminology is appropriate for both community college and undergraduate use.
The sections of the book are divided into accessible components and are easy to access.
The organization of the book is good and presents a logicval flow to the content.
The interface is excellent.
I did not note any grammatical errors.
The book provides a number of examples that are free of bias and cultural insensitivity.
Table of Contents
Unit I: Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
Chapter 1 Corporations and their Social Responsibility
Chapter 2 Debating CSR: Methods and Strategies
Unit II: The Corporation and the Environment
Chapter 3 Global Warming
Chapter 4 Genetically Modified Organisms
Unit III: CSR and Business Strategies
Chapter 5 Social Entrepreneurship
Chapter 6 Marketing Ethics: Selling Controversial Products
Chapter 7 Organic Food: Healthy Alternative or Marketing Ploy?
Unit IV: The Corporation and Globalization
Chapter 8 Fair Trade
Chapter 9 CSR and Sweatshops
Chapter 10 Corruption in International Business
Unit V: The Corporation and Politics
Chapter 11 Corporations and Politics: Citizens United
Unit VI: Ethical Production: The Issue of Animal Rights
Chapter 12 Animal Rights and CSR
Appendices: Sample Student Papers
About the Book
This textbook provides an innovative, internationally oriented approach to the teaching of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and business ethics. Drawing on case studies involving companies and countries around the world, the textbook explores the social, ethical, and business dynamics underlying CSR in such areas as global warming, genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food production, free trade and fair trade, anti-sweatshop and living-wage movements, organic foods and textiles, ethical marketing practices and codes, corporate speech and lobbying, and social enterprise. The book is designed to encourage students and instructors to challenge their own assumptions and prejudices by stimulating a class debate based on each case study.
About the Contributors
Guillermo C. Jimenez is a tenured professor in the Department of International Trade and Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY) in New York City. He also holds adjunct teaching appointments at Iona College (New York) and at the International School of Management in Paris, France. Prof. Jimenez teaches courses on international law, international management, multicultural management, and international corporate citizenship. He is the author of four previous books, including The ICC Guide to Export-Import, 4th edition (ICC Publishing, 2012), the first book on the new legal discipline of fashion law; Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys (Fairchild Publishing); and a multi-disciplinary review of political psychology, Red Genes Blue Genes: Exposing Political Irrationality (Autonomedia, 2009). Prof. Jimenez received his B.A. from Harvard and his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. As an international policy and legal expert, he has lectured in over 35 countries and collaborated with such intergovernmental organizations as the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and European Commission.
Elizabeth Pulos is Senior Manager of Compliance Administration at Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), a nonprofit dedicated to promoting ethical manufacturing around the world through certification and education. She has a BS in International Trade and Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she was president of the CSR Club and recipient of the World Trade Week, New Times Group and PVH scholarships, as well as the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Prior to FIT, Elizabeth studied Music Performance at Mount Royal Conservatory and Environmental Science at the University of Calgary. A classically trained violist, she has performed in New York, Canada, Europe, the UK and Australia.