The geographies of corporate social responsibility

 

Over the last year or so, North American corporations have found themselves increasingly drawn into often acrimonious public debates about their publicly-stated positions on certain social issues and their support of certain groups or individuals. For example, The Starbucks Coffee chain banned guns in some of their stores in the United States promoting a backlash from various gun organizations and calls for a boycott from others. Together with Dr. Darlene Bay in the Goodman School of Business at Brock University, we examine how understandings about what we mean by the term ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR) are hotly contested in a variety of distinctive locations. The project seeks to understand these currents debates within the broader literature on CSR and within specific geographical locations.

Photo:  "GetEqual" by Matt Baume