Ethical and Legal Issues in Public Relations

Evolution of CSR

Roy Culpeper, President of the North-South Institute argued in a speech that corporate social responsibility is only part of a societal evolution that is being brought on by the trend of gloabalization.

He suggests that corporate responsibility and accountability evolve through five stages: financial, economic, environmental, social and political.

Corporations are constantly faced with a two-pronged sense of responsibility:

  1. Support and promote human rights and freedoms.
  2. Avoid and discourage human rights and freedoms abuses.

The full text of Roy Culpeper's speech is available at The Evolution of Corporate Responsibility: From Unbridled Markets to Mature Capitalism.

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