Can corporate social responsibility resolve the sanitation question in developing Asian countries?

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Show simple item record Abeysuriya, K Mitchell, C White, S 2009-12-21T03:54:31Z 2007-04-01
dc.identifier.citation Ecological Economics, 2007, 62 (1), pp. 174 - 183
dc.identifier.issn 0921-8009
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract The existing state of sanitation in developing Asian countries fails to deliver a level of service that is adequate for meeting the human right to a standard of living consistent with dignity and health, or for sustaining the capacity for future generations to have access to clean water resources and healthy ecosystems. We argue that translating the current neo-centralised technologies and institutional arrangements mainstreamed by industrialised countries would not resolve the problem in the context of developing countries. Instead it is necessary to 'leap frog' to the emerging technological and institutional arrangements that are responsive to current needs and contexts and to potential risks. The sustainability focus and often decentralised technologies of this emergent stage in sanitation present many opportunities for new actors to enter the urban sanitation industry. At the same time, there are many barriers to entry, particularly from the perspective of conventional business management focused on increasing shareholder value. We propose that perspectives from the corporate social responsibility discourse have the potential to provide both the 'pull' for seizing the business opportunity for profit while serving social needs, and the 'push' to overcome the barriers in order to serve a wider social purpose for corporations. The wealth of nations, at least as reported in ubiquitous GDP terms, has greatly increased through the activities of corporations driven by a profit motive; but the increased poverty, injustice and ecosystem degradation that have resulted from economic activity suggest that corporations perhaps ought to have regard for broader concerns beyond shareholder value. We explore how the alternative relational view of a corporation, as a metaphorical person within society who adopts a moral code consistent with both Buddhist economics and Adam Smith's philosophy, may facilitate profitable corporations that provide better economic, ecological and social outcomes in serving the need for sustainable sanitation services in developing Asian countries. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2006.06.003
dc.rights NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Ecological Economics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Ecological Economics, [Volume 62, Issue 1, 1 April 2007, Pages 174–183] DOI# en_US
dc.subject Buddist economics, Corporate social responsibility, Developing countries, Distributed infrastracture, Sanitation, sanitation, Buddhist economics, corporate social responsibility, distributed infrastructure, developing countries, Agricultural Economics & Policy
dc.subject Buddist economics; Corporate social responsibility; Developing countries; Distributed infrastracture; Sanitation; sanitation; Buddhist economics; corporate social responsibility; distributed infrastructure; developing countries; Agricultural Economics & Policy
dc.title Can corporate social responsibility resolve the sanitation question in developing Asian countries?
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Ecological Economics
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 62
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 174 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 183 en_US DVCRch.Institute for Sustainable Futures en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1402 Applied Economics
dc.personcode 995362 en_US
dc.personcode 010821 en_US
dc.personcode 970772 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US Applied Economics en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.description.keywords sanitation; Buddhist economics; corporate social responsibility; distributed infrastructure; developing countries en_US
dc.description.keywords Buddist economics
dc.description.keywords Corporate social responsibility
dc.description.keywords Developing countries
dc.description.keywords Distributed infrastracture
dc.description.keywords Sanitation
dc.staffid 970772 en_US
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/DVC (Research)
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/DVC (Research)/Institute For Sustainable Futures
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Sustainable Futures

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