Arguing that corporate citizensip emerges from the New Economy dynamics, the author explores how far business can and should improve their social and environmental performance, and relates it to learning, knowledge and innovation. The book sets out the practical issues for business, including goal and boundary setting, measurement, dialogue and how to build trust. Winner of the 2006 SIM Book Award.
Table of Contents
Can Corporations be Civil? Part 1: The New Economy of Corporate Citizenship; Opening Minds; Ethical Futures; Breaking the Trust Barrier; Civil Regulation; Framing the Business Case; The Future of the Civil Regulators; The New Civil Governance; Part 2: The Civil Corporation; Foundations of Sustainability; Sustainability as the Art of the Possible; Civil Learning; Part 3: Building the Civil Corporation; Building Civil Corporations; How Much is Enough?; Useful Measures; Conversational Corporations; Professionalizing Credibility; Part 4: Conclusions; How Civil Can Corporations Be?; Bibliography, Index
'The book makes a powerful case for businesses to reassess their values, relationships and processes.' Financial Times 'There is much to like about this book, which contains useful hints for businesses wishing to learn how to become more socially responsible.' International Labour review 'This book by one of the leading thinkers in the area of corporations and their relationship with society covers most of the key issues in the area, and contributes a number of useful observations' Michael Hopkins, International Labour Review, 2001. 'There is much to like about htis book, which contains useful hints for businesses wishing to learn how to become more socially responsible.' Michael Hopkins, International Labour Review, 2001. 'Many books address the power and responsibility of corporations. Few of them move the debate on more than a millimetre. This one does.' 'Zadek gives an overview of the state of play. His description of how the debate developed is clear and fair minded. His analyses are acute.' Community Affairs Briefing