Tag Archives: CSR

Give people what they want, not what the corporation wants.

Who represents the poor? How do corporations define and shape perceptions of social issues, and what is the impact of this influence? Weh Yeoh takes a look at the CSR programme of an airline and argues that too often, these programmes are shaped by the corporation, not the needs of...
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China’s moth-eaten social safety net: who will catch the poorest of the poor? Not corporations.

China is, without a doubt, on a fast track to ‘development’ with an astonishing US$3.2 trillion in foreign reserves. But inequality, particularly rural and urban, is extreme and China’s growing wealth has resulted in multiple international aid agencies pulling out. So, who is going to pick up the slack? Emily...
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Human rights: A no-go zone for corporates?

In most corporate boardrooms, if you suggest focusing on human rights as a community investment strategy don’t be surprised if you are met with deathly silence or an uncomfortable shuffling of papers. But, if you push the common path of education, the environment and youth, you will most likely have...
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Hardly one bad Apple spoiling the bunch

Apple again hit the news in late February over poor working conditions in its supply chain. At least 137 workers in an assembly plant that supplies Apple with touchscreens, in Suzhou, China, have nerve damage from exposure to n-hexane. But from Alex's perspective, working in a labour law legal aid...
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Hope for sale

Guest contributor Janet Newbury observes the growing power of corporations in the social realm. Of central concern are the messages strategically presented to young people suggesting positive social change is inherently linked to the social responsibility of multinational corporations. ...
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A business model of care

As a child and youth care researcher and practitioner, Janet Newbury is concerned that economic rationalism is driving key policy and practice decisions in the helping professions. In the current article, she discusses the implications of the pervasive use of business metaphors and logic, and explores how this tendancy...
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