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Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Procurement

THE NEW CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE LAW, Doreen McBarnet, Aurora Voiculescu, Tom Campbell, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2007

Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 9/2006

28 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2006  

Christopher McCrudden

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law; University of Michigan Law School

Abstract

Public procurement (the purchase by public bodies of goods and services from others) has proven to be a dedicated follower of political fashion. Historically, we see consistent attempts to link public procurement with the government policy of the day, in areas as diverse as national industrial policy, reducing unemployment, improving employment conditions, support for small businesses, local development, employment of disabled workers, and equal pay for men and women, to mention only a few. With the increasing popularity of "corporate social responsibility," it is hardly surprising, then, that CSR has become linked to the use of public procurement. The definition of CSR is contested and so, for the moment, Moon's definition will suffice: "In essence CSR refers to business responsiveness to social agendas in its behaviour and to the performance of these responsibilities." This chapter considers the "new" use of public procurement in the pursuit of CSR in general, but considers in particular the relationship between CSR, public procurement, and the law.

Suggested Citation

McCrudden, Christopher, Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Procurement. THE NEW CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE LAW, Doreen McBarnet, Aurora Voiculescu, Tom Campbell, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2007; Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 9/2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=899686

Christopher McCrudden (Contact Author)

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law ( email )

School of Law
Belfast BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland BT7 1NN
United Kingdom

University of Michigan Law School ( email )

625 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
United States

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