Garrett MacSweeney, “CSR in the Developing World: Understanding Responsibility”

Garrett MacSweeney,
Philosophy, York University
September 23, 2014. 3:00-4:00pm.

Abstract: Research on corporate social responsibility (CSR) has long focused on the responsibilities of business in North America and Europe. While the literature has done much to explore the idea of CSR in such stable environments, in the developing world the notion of responsibility is context dependent. In this presentation I explore the notion of responsibility in the developing world on two levels, role responsibility and causal responsibility, and present ways for understanding both within this context by advancing an understanding of CSR as including a notion of positive and negative duties.

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