The Market for Virtue: The Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility

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Brookings Institution Press, May 1, 2007 - Business & Economics - 222 pages

In the highly praised The Market for Virtue, David Vogel presents a clear, balanced analysis of the contemporary corporate social responsibility (CSR) movement in the United States and Europe. In this updated paperback edition, Vogel discusses recent CSR initiatives and responds to new developments in the CSR debate. He asserts that while the movement has achieved success in improving some labor, human rights, and environmental practices in developing countries, there are limits to improving corporate conduct without more extensive and effective government regulation. Put simply, Vogel believes that there is a market for virtue, but it is limited by the substantial costs of socially responsible business behavior. Praise for the cloth edition: "The definitive guide to what corporate social responsibility can and cannot accomplish in a modern capitalist economy."—Robert B. Reich, Brandeis University, and former U.S. Secretary of Labor "Vogel raises a number of excellent points on the present and future of CSR."—Working Knowledge, Harvard Business School "A useful corrective to the view that CSR alone is the full answer to social problems."—Business Ethics "The study combines sound logic with illustrative cases, and advances the sophistication of the CSR debate considerably." —John G. Ruggie, Harvard University, co-architect of UN Global Compact

 

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Contents

The Revival of Corporate Social Responsibility
1
Is There a Business Case for Virtue
16
What is the Demand for Virtue
46
Corporate Responsibility for Working Conditions in Developing Countries
75
Corporate Responsibility for the Environment
110
Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights and Global Corporate Citizenship
139
Beyond the Market for Virtue
162
Notes
175
Index
207
Back Cover
223
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David Vogel is the Solomon Lee Professor of Business Ethics at the Haas School of Business and a professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Barriers or Benefits? Regulation in Transatlantic Trade (Brookings, 1998); Kindred Strangers: The Uneasy Relationship between Politics and Business (Princeton, 1996); and Trading Up: Consumer and Environmental Regulation in a Global Economy (Harvard, 1995).

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