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p. 373. Corporate governancelocked

  • Mark Bevir

Abstract

‘Corporate governance’ considers the rules and practices by which companies are administered. What impact does Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) have on corporate governance? Do corporations follow the guidelines and recommendations that consumers, social movements, and governments expect them to? What has been the impact of deregulation of financial services on CSR? Scandals such as the collapse of Enron have reignited discussions about the role of public governance in the corporate world and highlighted the ineffectiveness of ethical codes alone to ensure corporate responsibility. CSR is concerned with voluntary ethical standards as much as with legally enforceable ones, and corporate responsibility is not achieved if companies follow the letter of the code but not its spirit.

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