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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability

Larry Catá Backer
  • University Park, PA
  • United States
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What is your Interest?
Corporate Responsibility
Individual, Organization
Name of Company / Organization:
Pennsylvania State University
What is your current job title / department?
W. Richard and Mary Eshelman Faculty Scholar & Professor of Law, Professor of International Affairs Pennsylvania State University; Director Coialition for Peace & Ethics
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What would you most like to get out of this network?
Share Best Practices, learn more about what elements of civil society are doing to implement various corporate social responsibility strategies, including interfacing with corporations, governments and networks of concerned citizen organizations
What knowledge, skills and experience do you have that you would be happy for people to contact you over?
legal issues

Larry Catá Backer's Blog

New Paper Posted: "From Guiding Principles to Interpretive Organizations: Developing a Framework for Applying the UNGPs to Disputes that Institutionalizes the Advocacy Role of Civil Society"

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 3:13pm 0 Comments

I have been  considering the important issues that face international actors--states, civil society and enterprises, as the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (2011) evolves.   See HERE,…

John G. Ruggie-- "The Past as Prologue? A Moment of Truth for UN Business and Human Rights Treaty"

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 1:18pm 0 Comments

I have been considering the recent moves by the Human Rights Council to begin considering a treaty  to replace/amplify/substitute/supersede the Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights that the HRC has itself only recently and unanimously endorsed.  See Larry Catá Backer,…

And a Treaty to Bind them All—On Prospects and Obstacles to Moving from the GPs to a Multilateral Treaty Framework, a Preliminary Assessment

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 10:39pm 0 Comments

As the Business and Human Rights Resource Center explained:

At the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, two resolutions were tabled for adoption by the Council. The first is a resolution drafted by Ecuador and South Africa and signed also by Bolivia, Cuba and Venezuela. It was originally tabled on 19 June, then updated on 24…

New Paper Posted: "China’s Corporate Social Responsibility With National Characteristics: Coherence and Dissonance With the Global Business and Human Rights Project"

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 1:34pm 0 Comments

Corporate social responsibility, both in its traditional forms and in its current international form as as species of human rights, has become an important issue of corporate governance both in the national and international spheres.But the discourse, and the premises underlying it, are usually based on Western models of corporate governance and the structuring of political states and public order.  While those premises are powerful, and shared among a large number of states, both powerful…


Disclosure Systems and Securities Exchanges--On the World Federation of Exchanges Creation of a Sustainability Working Group and the Proposal to Require Extra Financial Disclosure

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 2:47pm 0 Comments

I have been considering the power of disclosure as a tool to socialize business entities and others into compliance with emerging social norms (that is to behavior rules that are not transposed into the laws of nation-states necessarily but which have binding effect within social, economic and other communities). To that end, it is well known that both state and non-state regulatory systems play an essential role. Among the most important players in the context of structuring markets and…


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