Corporate social responsibility
Academisch jaar 2011-12
Faculty of Law
The conceptual foundations and anatomy of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and its relationship with corporate governance; the values approach and the risk management approach as complementary strategies; the external and internal dimensions. Shareholder and stakeholder theories and models. The scope of CSR: Triple P (People, Planet and Profit). The voluntary vs mandatory debate. CSR as normative and as process concept. Regulation models of CSR, internationally and nationally: treaties, IGO resolutions and instruments, hard law, soft law, self-regulation (including company codes) and uncodified norms, their interdependence, interaction and enforcement. Sectoral Triple P regulation. General CSR regulation: accountability and transparency, corporate law, tort law and criminal law. Both sectoral and general approaches in national and international context: eg ILO and OECD guidelines, UN and EU initiatives. The CSR management toolbox for the embedding of CSR norms in the company’s operational organisation: strategy, policy, due diligence, training, compliance, enforcement and conflict management. The external focus: dialogue with and enforcement by external stakeholders. The role and views of civil society. Capita selecta: group liability, extraterritoriality and multinational enterprise liability in a tort law context.
Students will obtain a general understanding of the concept of CSR and its role and position in international business and corporate law. They will become familiar with the main management techniques to embed CSR in the company’s organisation, both from an operational and legal perspective. They will also obtain an understanding of the role, views and action possibilities of civil society
P.T. Muchlinski, Multinationals and the Law (Oxford University Press, 2007) and Kerr, Landa and Pitts (ed), Corporate Social Responsibility, A legal Analysis, (Lexis Nexis Canada, 2009). P. Zumbansen, The evolution of the corporation, organization, finance, knowledge and corporate social responsibility (research paper Osgood Law school, Toronto, 2009).
CSR, Corporate governance, shareholder and stakeholder theories,, regulation models, company and group law, tort law,
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