Posts Tagged ‘Corporate Responsibility’
Author: Wayne Visser
Publisher: Greenleaf Publishing
This book is a journey of two kinds. First, it is an autobiography of Dr. Wayne Visser, one of the world’s top 100 thought leaders in Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, and a Top 100 Global Sustainability Leader. Second, the book presents the recent evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or as Dr. Visser’s coined the term – Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility.
The Quest for Sustainable Business takes the reader on a voyage from the African continent to Europe, then to Asia Pacific and the Americas with the final destination in the United Kingdom. Incidentally, this route reflects the life journey of the author, who was born in Zimbabwe and spent his childhood in South Africa, and who now lives in London, UK.
With the CSR concept much promulgated in Western society, the book can be a surprising discovery of CSR undertakings in the developing world. For example, the book highlights a number of market and government initiatives in Kenya, Nigeria, China and India. Nevertheless, it is somewhat disappointing that the author does not elaborate on the state of CSR in Russia – a country with world’s largest energy resources and forest reserves.
The book can be valuable to anyone who is interested in the diverse and contested concept of CSR and its development in different parts of the world. As the reader discovers along the journey, drivers for CSR range from economic, political, social, cultural and even geographical characteristics. The latter becomes apparent when comparing the Netherlands and Australia. How does this happen? Perhaps it would be better to let the reader find out what a difference can be made by the immediate need for a remedy and how this can transform the identity of a nation.
Karina Yadav, CSR International
Governance Research Digest – July 2012
The paper reviews the business ethics climate within China and explores the operating environment for business and considers the cultural characteristics which underpin this. It also looks at current business ethics and corporate responsibility trends and identifies the key ethical challenges facing businesses seeking to operate with high ethical standards in the Chinese market might encounter.
- Whilst China is still developing a robust corporate governance framework and universal rule of law, the pace of change in China is fast and the scale of their ambition in areas such as corporate governance, sustainability and anti-corruption is growing.
- With the advent of the UK Bribery Act and its extra-territorial reach, it is imperative for companies entering the Chinese market to be mindful of particular cultural traits (such as gift giving traditions and personal networks) when rolling out training and guidance designed to establish and ensure high ethical standards of business practice among employees.
- Business ethics and CSR in China are maturing fields.
- Heavily influenced by the state and traditional Confucian values, there are high expectations on business to play a part in addressing social inequalities and issues such as bribery and corruption, discrimination, human rights and environmental degradation.
- The Chinese government expects ethics and CSR programmes to be in line with the country’s long term strategy for social improvement as outlined in its Five Year Plan.
- It is important that Western companies acknowledge the roles that personal connections (guanxi) and respect or ‘avoiding loss of face’ (mianzi) play when guiding employees on how to manage business relationships appropriately.
- Other Confucian influences on employees’ behaviour include:
- a reluctance by staff to speak up against colleagues (particularly their superiors) or use a reporting hotline as they are taught unquestioning respect for authority and loyalty to their group;
- the need when training staff for small group sizes of the same rank, as the presence of superiors may inhibit employees to be frank and open in their discussion.