Serve the People! Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in China

Mads Holst Jensen

Research output: Working paperResearch

Abstract

Taking into account a broad range of stakeholders who may affect or be affected by corporate action, the perspective of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) carries the promise of a win-win situation for all. CSR in China is highly topical, as the country is integrating into the supply chains of the major global players, but the ideals of CSR are a far cry from the realities of production in "the workshop of the world". In this paper I will discuss key issues relating to the process of adapting CSR into the Chinese context. I will focus on the position of the PRC political leadership. I argue that the leadership seems to pursue an agenda of submerging CSR under the control of the Party-State and conceptualizing CSR by reference to a blend of an eclectic interpretation of Western European welfare models and CSR conceptions with an eclectic interpretation of Chinese tradition and political culture. As a result, CSR in China lacks the element of multi-stakeholder dialogue, which is commonly recognized as the core element of CSR in Western countries.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
PublisherAsia Research Centre. Copenhagen Business School
Number of pages43
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes
SeriesCopenhagen Discussion Papers
Number6
ISSN0904-8626

Bibliographical note

Paper presented at the inaugural international workshop ‘ChinaWorld’ on 10-11 March 2006 at Asia Research Centre, Copenhagen Business School

Keywords

  • CSR
  • China
  • Labour issue
  • MNCE
  • NGO
  • Politic change

Cite this

Holst Jensen, M. (2006). Serve the People! Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in China. Frederiksberg: Asia Research Centre. Copenhagen Business School. Copenhagen Discussion Papers, No. 6
Holst Jensen, Mads. / Serve the People! Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in China. Frederiksberg : Asia Research Centre. Copenhagen Business School, 2006. (Copenhagen Discussion Papers; No. 6).
@techreport{eb6b9e13d4144af9bca0f9aca3f0a429,
title = "Serve the People!: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in China",
abstract = "Taking into account a broad range of stakeholders who may affect or be affected by corporate action, the perspective of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) carries the promise of a win-win situation for all. CSR in China is highly topical, as the country is integrating into the supply chains of the major global players, but the ideals of CSR are a far cry from the realities of production in {"}the workshop of the world{"}. In this paper I will discuss key issues relating to the process of adapting CSR into the Chinese context. I will focus on the position of the PRC political leadership. I argue that the leadership seems to pursue an agenda of submerging CSR under the control of the Party-State and conceptualizing CSR by reference to a blend of an eclectic interpretation of Western European welfare models and CSR conceptions with an eclectic interpretation of Chinese tradition and political culture. As a result, CSR in China lacks the element of multi-stakeholder dialogue, which is commonly recognized as the core element of CSR in Western countries.",
keywords = "CSR, China, Labour issue, MNCE, NGO, Politic change, CSR, China, Labour issue, MNCE, NGO, Politic change",
author = "{Holst Jensen}, Mads",
note = "Paper presented at the inaugural international workshop ‘ChinaWorld’ on 10-11 March 2006 at Asia Research Centre, Copenhagen Business School",
year = "2006",
month = "4",
language = "English",
series = "Copenhagen Discussion Papers",
number = "6",
publisher = "Asia Research Centre. Copenhagen Business School",
address = "Denmark",
type = "WorkingPaper",
institution = "Asia Research Centre. Copenhagen Business School",

}

Holst Jensen, M 2006 'Serve the People! Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in China' Asia Research Centre. Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg.

Serve the People! Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in China. / Holst Jensen, Mads.

Frederiksberg : Asia Research Centre. Copenhagen Business School, 2006.

Research output: Working paperResearch

TY - UNPB

T1 - Serve the People!

T2 - Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in China

AU - Holst Jensen, Mads

N1 - Paper presented at the inaugural international workshop ‘ChinaWorld’ on 10-11 March 2006 at Asia Research Centre, Copenhagen Business School

PY - 2006/4

Y1 - 2006/4

N2 - Taking into account a broad range of stakeholders who may affect or be affected by corporate action, the perspective of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) carries the promise of a win-win situation for all. CSR in China is highly topical, as the country is integrating into the supply chains of the major global players, but the ideals of CSR are a far cry from the realities of production in "the workshop of the world". In this paper I will discuss key issues relating to the process of adapting CSR into the Chinese context. I will focus on the position of the PRC political leadership. I argue that the leadership seems to pursue an agenda of submerging CSR under the control of the Party-State and conceptualizing CSR by reference to a blend of an eclectic interpretation of Western European welfare models and CSR conceptions with an eclectic interpretation of Chinese tradition and political culture. As a result, CSR in China lacks the element of multi-stakeholder dialogue, which is commonly recognized as the core element of CSR in Western countries.

AB - Taking into account a broad range of stakeholders who may affect or be affected by corporate action, the perspective of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) carries the promise of a win-win situation for all. CSR in China is highly topical, as the country is integrating into the supply chains of the major global players, but the ideals of CSR are a far cry from the realities of production in "the workshop of the world". In this paper I will discuss key issues relating to the process of adapting CSR into the Chinese context. I will focus on the position of the PRC political leadership. I argue that the leadership seems to pursue an agenda of submerging CSR under the control of the Party-State and conceptualizing CSR by reference to a blend of an eclectic interpretation of Western European welfare models and CSR conceptions with an eclectic interpretation of Chinese tradition and political culture. As a result, CSR in China lacks the element of multi-stakeholder dialogue, which is commonly recognized as the core element of CSR in Western countries.

KW - CSR

KW - China

KW - Labour issue

KW - MNCE

KW - NGO

KW - Politic change

KW - CSR

KW - China

KW - Labour issue

KW - MNCE

KW - NGO

KW - Politic change

M3 - Working paper

T3 - Copenhagen Discussion Papers

BT - Serve the People!

PB - Asia Research Centre. Copenhagen Business School

CY - Frederiksberg

ER -

Holst Jensen M. Serve the People! Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in China. Frederiksberg: Asia Research Centre. Copenhagen Business School. 2006 Apr.