Corporate Social Responsibility and the State
International Approaches to Forest Co-regulationBook - 2011
Public concern about worsening global environmental and social conditions has led to skepticism about the efficacy of voluntary corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, and to pressure for governmental CSR engagement. One of the first studies to investigate the role of the state in CSR, this book provides insight into the new governance model of private-public co-regulation emerging around the globe. Examining forest certification in Canada, the US, and Sweden, Lister draws on extensive interviews with experts to offer unique evidence on CSR governance, ultimately arguing the importance of CSR as a supplement to rather than a substitute for state regulation.
Citing growing skepticism towards the efficacy of voluntary corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards and calls for greater government involvement, Lister (Liu Institute for Global Issues, U. of British Columbia, Canada) investigates how government involvement with CSR standards in the area of forest certification has affected that governance mechanism. Examining the experiences of CSR forest certification in Canada, the United States, and Sweden, she finds that forest certification can not serve as a substitute for government regulation but that success in forest certification instead rests on state capacity and government engagement. Distributed in the US by U. of Washington Press and in Canada by U. of Toronto Press. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)