Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility

1st Edition

Dongyong Zhang, Stephen Morse, Uma Kambhampati

Published November 9, 2017
Reference - 270 Pages - 72 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138810440 - CAT# Y171010

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  • China’s fast-growing economy is going through a market transition and its challenges and policy in relation to CSR and sustainable development has international relevance.
  • Offers a highly original approach in that it explores CSR through the lens of sustainable development, as opposed to through business management.
  • Provides a review of the methods employed to explore CSR thus far, a valuable and practical resource for scholars and students of CSR and sustainable development.
  • An international perspective and approach, from a authors based in China as well as the UK.


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become an important concept in the last few decades. Although it originated in the developed countries of the West, the concept has been embraced and adapted by corporations and policy-making agencies in many developing countries. Not surprisingly, given the importance of growth and development as policy objectives in these countries, CSR has had a significant impact on sustainable development.

Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility explores the evolution of CSR across the developed and developing world, with a particular focus on China and sustainable development. Through an extensive review of the literature and relevant case studies, the book examines whether CSR can make a contribution to sustainable development, how the patterns of CSR in developed Western economies compare to that in the rapidly growing economy of China, what trade-offs take place between CSR and economic growth as well as the future of CSR and its possible impact on the global sustainable development agenda.

This book is a valuable resource for academics and upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students in the fields of human/social geography, economics, business studies, sustainable development, development studies and environmental studies.


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