The evolution of directors duties bridging the divide between corporate governance and corporate social responsibility

The Braybrooke Press
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Journal of General Management, 2007, Spring, 32 (3), pp. 79 - 105
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The evidence that large corporations are beginning to take social and environmental responsibilities more seriously is reviewed, drawing on international surveys carried out by KPMG and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The emergence of a dynamic stakeholder model that is driving enlightened shareholder value is noted. The challenge enterprises face in pursuing market opportunities while maintaining accountability is discussed and the way in which the duty to promote the success of the company is taking companies beyond simple compliance with the law is explored. A similar process is seen to be guiding investment solutions to address environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in their policies and processes. The importance of corporate reporting of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is highlighted and the principles developed by the Global reporting Initiative (GRI) are outlined.
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