The Journal of Corporate Citizenship is pleased to invite papers for a special issue of the JCC on ‘Japanese Approaches to CSR.’
Guest Editor: Prof. Kanji Tanimoto, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Overview of the theme
How is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) understood and managed in Japanese business, and how is it part of ‘good’ Corporate Governance?
The debate on CSR has grown rapidly and internationally over the last two decades, in both business and academic communities. The current CSR movement has been developed in European and Anglo-American contexts based on principles of the market, industrial, business and social structures. However, CSR has taken root in other countries and areas as well and increasingly in Japan. The Japanese economic system has been traditionally structured by relational trading between firms, relational banking, and a long-term relationship with employees for mutual consideration. It has always been an advantage of the Japanese economy. Now, however, we must explore whether it is a strength or weakness for globalization and in embedding CSR into Japanese corporate society. There is much debate on how to incorporate the concept and philosophy of CSR into the context of different countries. Since the early 2000s there have been a growing number of studies offering alternative perspectives on CSR, deriving from Asia and other regions. We need to examine how CSR management and practical wisdom in organisations works in various countries/regions, rather than simply highlighting the differences amongst regions.
We are delighted to announce the publication of the inaugural issue of Business, Peace and Sustainable Development, which is now available online and as part of the Sustainable Organization Library (SOL)
BPSD is published in association with the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).
“Academically, tying business and peace is a relatively new idea. With only a handful of books, a few articles and a couple of special issues on business and peace… we now need an on-going platform for publications on the subject. The new journal Business, Peace and Sustainable Development will address this need. It was announced on the International Day of Peace with the hope it will not only help develop this academic field, but have genuine social impact on the global community.
Corporate responsibility adviser Adrian Henriques
By Adrian Henriques, Visiting Professor of Accountability and CSR, Middlesex University Business School
Review of the book, The Dark Side 2: Critical Cases on the Downside of Business
The importance of a rounded look at CSR cannot be over-estimated. If CSR is to be more than a PR programme, then it is necessary to examine how things have gone badly as well as how things have gone well. For academic research and teaching, it is vital. There is no shortage of positive case studies out there, but there is a dearth of critical ones. In 2009 Raufflet and Mills produced the first volume of the Dark Side, containing case studies that illustrated how things can go wrong between businesses and society. Now, four years later, here is another volume of critical case studies.
“I have a perfect job, as I get to do things that I not only love but also believe in” - Debbie Haski-Leventhal
This series of interviews on TriplePundit focuses on women in CSR. The following interview features Debbie Hask-Leventhal, the editor of Greenleaf’s newly-launched journal Business, Peace and Sustainable Development.
TriplePundit: Briefly describe your role and responsibilities, and how many years you have been in the business.
Dr. Debbie Haski-Leventhal: I am a Senior Lecturer and the Faculty Leader of Global Citizenship at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) as well as the Director of a new programme: Master of Social Entrepreneurship.
INSPIRATIONAL GUIDE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PRME: UK AND IRELAND EDITION
Call for submissions: Deadline 31st January 2014
Following the success of the PRME Inspirational Guide 2012 and 2013 publications, we are pleased to announce that we will be publishing a UK and Ireland edition in partnership with Greenleaf Publishing and GSE Research. The intention is to capture and share ideas and action on the challenges of implementing the Principles for Responsible Management education, for PRME signatories, and those who have not yet joined PRME. We believe there is no more pressing challenge for businesses and business education than to address issues of responsibility and sustainability.
Review of Natural Corporate Management: From the Big Bang to Wall Street by William C. Frederick
Rare are books that begin with the Big Bang and march sequentially through a litany of seemingly unrelated natural phenomena including energy, life itself, genetics, and the rise of Homo sapiens. Add to this Darwinian survival and market competition, and you have Natural Corporate Management, a truly fresh perspective on individual and corporate behavior.
The novelty of the examples and logic is indisputable. Each natural science phenomenon is presented as more than just an analogy. Frederick (emer., Univ. of Pittsburgh), author of numerous works including Corporation, Be Good! (CH, Jul’06, 43-6635), treats them directly or indirectly as the causes for modern business practices. He offers a natural-world evolutionary perspective of why organizations exist and how they function. Continue reading
By Robert G. Eccles & Kathleen Miller Perkins
Many companies now have chief sustainability executives. According to a 2012 MIT Sloan & BCG survey of 2600 companies, 16% were identified as having a “Corporate Sustainability Officer”. And it seems that the CSO profession is growing. According to a 2013 Greenbiz survey, the number of companies with a full time sustainability manager doubled between 1995 and 2003, and again between 2003 and 2008. This rapid growth has begun to taper, but new managers are still being added to companies.
“Amidst a rapidly changing world, sustainability executives must be able to envision business solutions in radically new ways.” – Katie Kross
Ten years ago, there were few dedicated jobs with ‘sustainability’ in the title. Professionals who were passionate about this management issue often found themselves creating their own job descriptions. They paved the way for new career paths of sustainability practitioners with new insights about where and how sustainability fits into a corporate organisation and what makes a sustainability executive successful in the role.
We wondered: what skills does today’s sustainability manager require? To get the answers, we spent some time this summer conducting interviews directly with hiring managers. We had in-depth discussions with 10 companies, ranging from environmental conservation organisations and boutique sustainability consultancies to large sustainability departments at Fortune 50 companies. Continue reading
Call for Expressions of Interest
The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise:
A country-by-country analysis of responsible business and social entrepreneurship
Edited by Wayne Visser
Greenleaf Publishing, Spring 2015
Sustainable enterprise – including social responsibility, environmental management, corporate citizenship, business ethics, social enterprise and green entrepreneurship – has, over the past decade, moved from the fringes to the mainstream. Sustainable enterprise has also evolved from being a largely Western, developed country phenomenon to being a diverse, ‘glocal’ practice, with rapid take-up and many exciting innovations coming from developing countries and economies in transition.