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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), global governance and sustainable development: what is at stake?. Henri-Bernard Solignac Lecomte OECD Development Centre. EU-LDC Network Conference ‘ Global Governance for Sustainable Development: Issues and Instruments ’ Chiang Mai, December 8-10, 2002.

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Corporate social responsibility csr global governance and sustainable development what is at stake

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), global governance and sustainable development:what is at stake?

Henri-Bernard Solignac Lecomte

OECD Development Centre

EU-LDC Network Conference

‘Global Governance for Sustainable Development: Issues and Instruments’

Chiang Mai, December 8-10, 2002


Outline
Outline

1. The CSR concept: shareholders & stakeholders

2. CSR and development: what are the links?

3. Vehicles for CSR: firms, governments, standards

4. Issues for debate


The csr concept
The CSR Concept

  • Shareholder accountability

  • Stakeholder accountability

  • From opposition ...

  • … to a win-win situation?

  • by compliance

  • by choice

  • by moral obligation?


Csr and development 1 the development case
CSR and Development (1) The development case

  • (+) the current of business on society is sub-optimal

  • (-) the scope for ‘bad’ corporate governance is greater than in developed countries


Csr and development 2 the business case s
CSR and Development (2) The business case(s)

  • Human resource retention, brand recognition, reputation insurance

  • Cost-saving and better market access

  • Mitigation of negative impacts

  • Social license to operate


Vehicles for csr 1 firms
Vehicles for CSR (1) Firms

  • Normal operations

  • Social welfare and risk management

  • Re-alignment of core business competencies with development priorities (partnerships)

There is evidence of success, but how do we scale it up?


Vehicles for csr 2 governments
Vehicles for CSR (2)Governments

  • Minimum standards

  • Facilitate business going beyond compliance

    • Philippines CSR Week

    • Taiwan Green Business Award

    • Thailand Office on Labour Standards Development

  • Challenges


Vehicles for csr 3 standards
Vehicles for CSR (3)Standards

  • Reporting (end-of-pipeline, NGOs)

  • Certification standards (financial sector)

  • ‘Aspirational’ / non-binding principles (IGOs)

    • UN Global Compact

    • OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises


Csr as an instrument for global governance
CSR as an instrument for global governance?

  • How far is long term?

  • Who defines society’s expectations?

  • Is there a risk of a bias towards public opinion in the North?

  • Can shareholders afford CSR in bad times?

  • PR pressure or strategic shift?

  • How far into public governance?

  • What role for the EU? (Cotonou, …)


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