Event

Beyond Compliance and Cooperation?

Rethinking Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Value Chains in the Ages of COVID-19

  • Wed 17 Feb 21

    12:00 - 13:00

  • Online

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  • Event speaker

    Professor Peter Lund-Thomsen, Copenhagen Business School

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Centre for Work, Organisation and Society Research Seminar Series

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Dr Sophie Hales

This seminar will present a paper that explores whether COVID-19 has led to a rethink of the two dominant ways of conceptualising corporate social responsibility (CSR) in global value chains (GVCs): the compliance and cooperation paradigms.

Seminar abstract

This presentation explores whether COVID-19 has led to a rethink of the two dominant ways of conceptualising corporate social responsibility (CSR) in global value chains (GVCs): the compliance and cooperation paradigms.

Hence, it is examined whether any changes have taken place in the drivers, main features, theoretical underpinnings, and limitations of these two approaches to CSR in GVCs in light of COVID-19.

It is contended that COVID-19 has not directly challenged the cooperation approach as a conceptual model.

Instead the partial failure of buyers to act responsibly in relation to their purchasing practices and restrictions on international travel have highlighted the limitations of this approach in the age of COVID-19.

The conclusion highlights the main findings, research and policy implications of this analysis.

 

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Speaker bio

Peter Lund-Thomsen is a Professor at Copenhagen Business School.

His research focuses on sustainable value chains, industrial clusters and corporate social responsibility with a regional focus on South Asia.

He has undertaken a number of in-depth studies on these themes in the football manufacturing, leather tanning, garment and textile industries in South Asia.

Most recently, he researched the formulation, implementation and socio-economic and environmental impacts of the Better Cotton Initiative - a multi-stakeholder initiative in Pakistan and India.

He also has a broader interest in the role of the private sector in development and the field of business development studies as an academic and policy-oriented discipline.

At present, he is involved in a three year in-depth study of women's entrepreneurship in the bamboo value chains of India in the state of Assam, Odisha, Meghalya, and Madhya Pradesh. 

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