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Issues for Debate in Corporate Social Responsibility

Issues for Debate in Corporate Social Responsibility
Selections From CQ Researcher

August 2009 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


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  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Is Good Citizenship Good for the Bottom Line?
  • Curbing CEO Pay: Is Executive Compensation Out of Control?
  • Buying Green: Does It Really Help the Environment?

These are just a few of the provocative questions posed in Issues for Debate in Corporate Social Responsibility. This engaging reader allows students to see an issue from all sides and to think critically about topics that matter to them. Classroom discussion will never be dull again!

About CQ Researcher Readers
In the tradition of nonpartisanship and current analysis that is the hallmark of CQ Press, CQ Researcher readers investigate important and controversial policy issues. Offer your students the balanced reporting, complete overviews, and engaging writing that CQ Researcher has consistently provided for more than 80 years.

Each article gives substantial background and analysis of a particular issue as well as useful pedagogical features to inspire critical thinking and to help students grasp and review key material:

  • A pro/con box that examines two competing sides of a single question
  • A detailed chronology of key dates and events
  • An annotated bibliography that includes Web resources
  • An outlook section that addresses possible regulation and initiatives from Capitol Hill and the White House over the next 5 to 10 years
  • Photos, charts, graphs, and maps

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Annotated Contents
1. Corporate Social Responsibility: Is Good Citizenship Good for the Bottom Line?
2. Curbing CEO Pay: Is Executive Compensation Out of Control?
3. Gender Pay Gap: Are Women Paid Fairly in the Workplace?
4. Labor Unions? Future: Can They Survive in the Age of Globalization?
5. Socially Responsible Investing: Can Investors Do Well by Doing Good?
6. Regulating Credit Cards: Are Tougher Regulations Needed to Protect Consumers?
7. Fair Trade Labeling: Is It Helping Small Farmers in Developing Countries?
8. Buying Green: Does It Really Help the Environment?
9. Consumer Safety: Do Government Regulators Need More Power?
10. Limiting Lawsuits: Is Business Pushing Too Hard to Restrict Litigation?
11. The New Environmentalism: Can New Business Policies Save the Environment?
12. Confronting Warming: Can States and Localities Prevent Climate Change?
13. Carbon Trading: Will It Reduce Global Warming?
14. Ecotourism: Does It Help or Hurt Fragile Lands and Cultures?
15. Philanthropy in America: Are Americans Generous Givers?

I have been looking for a collection of cases to allow students to select for their personal/group assignment in my undergraduate course on Business Ethics and CSR. This text has a variety of cases and issues, so I am putting it on my list of supplemental reading.

Mr Ketill Magnússon
School of Business, Reykjavik University
October 21, 2013

This has a lot of really useful examples, and coverage of all the most important topics in CSR, my only criticism is that it is heavily focused on American statistics and American perspectives in regards to the problems and issues covered.

Mrs Carrie Foster
Business School, Chester University
November 7, 2012

While this is not the primary textbook for the graduate course of the same name, it provides an excellent set of tools for effectively teaching both domestic and Chinese students. Since it presents international cases for discussion, it more than adequately presents interactive learning opportunities.

Dr Glenn Briggs
Business Dept, Webster University
July 23, 2012

Global faculty selected another book. I'd like to review Joanne Lawrence's new book on CSR for adoption at Hult.

Professor Thea Bellos
Business, Hult International Business
April 25, 2012

A very good serie of cases studies on specific issues of CSR

Mr Patrick Gilormini
Please select your department, Catholic University of Lyon
April 16, 2012

This text helps create a logic of reasoning and understanding to the field of CSR. It should be used hand in hand with any core CSR text.

Mr Lloydon Alleyne
Leeds University Business School, Leeds University
September 6, 2011

I am using two chapters from this book: Fair Trading Label and Consumer Safety. Fair Trading chapter gives a great overview of what Fair Trade is and why it matters, using real life examples and recent statistics. I could not find this information in any other textbooks.

Dr Maria Adamson
Essex Business School, Essex University
August 17, 2011

This is a well laid out book highlighting key issues. Not all issues are fully applicable to UK study but there are some good topics to help prompt discussion amongst students

Mrs Hilary Bishop
School of Business and Law, Liverpool John Moores UNiversity
July 21, 2011

While I found the book very interesting, I have some concerns about it.


The book clearly offers great insights into the social responsibility debate by discussing cutting-edge CSR issues. I personally like that it is written from a practical perspective and based on research done by a group of journalists (non-academics). This may help students understand the day-to-day context in which CSR is discussed and practiced.


The book is strongly US-based. The authors address CSR as it understood and discussed within the US context. In so doing, the text becomes occasionally detached from the European political, economic and social context. Most of the sources are from European origins and also the many perspectives taken on CSR.

The book is too practical. Theoretical insights are mostly overlooked in the book. And when the authors refer to academic research, they tend to prefer research done in the US. This is problematic for the adoption of the book in a CSR course taking place in an European university. A more theoretical basis would be needed for considering this book as “essential” reading.

I will offer the book as supplementary reading material since I see the book as a valuable source for getting more (additional) information about specific CSR issues. I think that it will be useful for students interested in particular CSR topics.

Dr José Carlos García-Rosell
Faculty of Business and Tourism, University of Lapland
February 20, 2011

Good supplementary reading on a range of CSR issues. Would be more useful outside the US with less focus on America in some chapters.

Dr Christian Kummel
School of Management, Mae Fah Luang University
January 21, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

2. Curbing CEO Pay

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