Corporate Social Responsibility in China: Window Dressing or Structural Change?

38 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2009 Last revised: 27 Oct 2011

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Li-Wen Lin

University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law

Date Written: June 14, 2009

Abstract

In recent years many indigenous corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives have emerged in China. The Chinese CSR initiatives include laws and regulations, governmental instructions and guidelines, non-governmental standards and organizations. The recent growth of the Chinese CSR initiatives deserves an analysis of the CSR development in China, especially given that China’s international image is usually associated with human rights abuses, substandard products, sweatshops, and serious environmental pollution. How sincere and serious are the Chinese CSR measures, simply window dressing or any real structural change? This article overviews major Chinese CSR initiatives and analyzes the Chinese CSR development from the perspectives of the historical and ideological foundations, instrumental motivations, and institutional environments in China.

Keywords: corporate law, corporate governance, global governance, human rights, disclosure, supply chain

Suggested Citation

Lin, Li-Wen, Corporate Social Responsibility in China: Window Dressing or Structural Change? (June 14, 2009). Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL), Vol. 28, No. 1, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1419667

Li-Wen Lin (Contact Author)

University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law ( email )

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