International Business, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

International Business Review, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 119-125, 2010

14 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2009 Last revised: 14 Apr 2010

Ans Kolk

University of Amsterdam Business School

Rob van Tulder

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Date Written: December 13, 2009

Abstract

While attention to the social and environmental impacts of international business (IB) is not new, the past years have seen renewed interest due to pressing global problems such as climate change and poverty. Multinational enterprises (MNEs) are regarded as playing a specific role given their global influence and activities in which they are confronted with a range of issues, stakeholders and institutional contexts, in both home and host countries. Their potential in being not only part of the problem, but also perhaps part of the solution, is increasingly recognised and has come to the fore in research interest in corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities and sustainable development implications of IB. Systematic study and inclusion in the literature has been lacking, however. This article examines the extent to which both concepts have been addressed in IB research, and identifies some gaps in the body of knowledge and approaches so far. It also introduces recent studies that yield interesting findings, pointing at promising areas for further research.

Keywords: corporate social responsibility, Multinational Enterprises, sustainable development, sustainability, consumers, stakeholders, developing countries, emerging markets, international business

JEL Classification: D21, F23, G38, L1, L2, L6, L8, M1, O13, O3, Q2, Q3, Q4

Suggested Citation

Kolk, Ans and van Tulder, Rob, International Business, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development (December 13, 2009). International Business Review, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 119-125, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1522732

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Rob J.M. Van Tulder

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