NGOs’ roles in building CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) discourse around human rights in developing countries

Jae-Eun Noh

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Abstract

As a response to increasing influences of transnational corporations (TNCs) over the lives of the poor, development NGOs have tried to promote TNCs’ responsibility in cooperative ways: partnership in development projects and voluntary regulations. Notwithstanding some degree of success, these cooperative ways have failed to bring fundamental changes to TNCs. This paper outlines the limitations of the mainstream corporate social responsibility (CSR) and suggests a human-rights-based approach as an alternative to the current CSR discourse. Re-framing the CSR discourse with human rights involves collective actions of grassroots people. People in developing countries have been neglected in the CSR discourse; however, they have power to change the discourse as labourers, consumers and citizens. Drawing on case studies, this article suggests that NGOs should support grassroots people in constructing collective visions in terms of human rights, facilitating participatory and empowering process, and maximising power through creating information flow and building global networks. © 2017 Jae-Eun Noh.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalCosmopolitan Civil Societies: an Interdisciplinary Journal
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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