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Corporate Social Responsibility in Contemporary China

Jingchen Zhao, University of Leeds, UK
China’s recent economic transformation and integration into the world economy has coincided with increasing pressure for corporate law reform to make corporate social responsibility (CSR) integral to business and management strategy in China. This timely book critically analyses contemporary notions of CSR in China, discussing theory and practice alongside legal responses in this emerging field.
Extent: 328 pp
Hardback Price: $135.00 Web: $121.50
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 978 1 78100 557 6
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  • Asian Studies
  • Asian Law
  • Business and Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Law - Academic
  • Asian Law
  • Corporate Law and Governance
China’s recent economic transformation and integration into the world economy has coincided with increasing pressure for corporate law reform to make corporate social responsibility (CSR) integral to business and management strategy in China. This timely book critically analyses contemporary notions of CSR in China, discussing theory and practice alongside legal responses in this emerging field.

Jingchen Zhao uniquely combines the history, traditions and social policies of China with Chinese law, explaining the significance of path dependence in China. He presents an in-depth debate on the difficulties involved in transplanting developed legal principles directly into Chinese society, and takes a detailed look at the CSR provisions in Chinese company law which aimed to put social and environmental concerns onto the corporate agenda. He suggests how these laws could be more effectively and efficiently enforced with reference to UK law, and explores specific issues including:

• Chinese Company Law 2006
• the ‘Harmonious Society’ in China
• the 2008 Financial Crisis and its impact on the Chinese economy
• recent corporate scandals including the Sanlu Baby Milk scandal, the Wenchuan earthquake and CSR donations, the Beijing Olympic Games and CSR, and the Fujia chemical plant.

This book will prove an enlightening read for academics and practitioners in the fields of law, business and management interested in CSR and the law in contemporary China.
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. The Evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility in China: Historical Evidence 3. Corporate Social Responsibility in Contemporary China: A Growing Awareness 4. A Unique Corporate Governance Model in China, Including a Unique Corporate Social Responsibility Policy 5. Stakeholders’ Interests and Legitimacy Analysis of the Corporate Social Responsibility in China 6. Promoting More Socially Responsible Corporations through Corporate Governance and A Regulatory Framework in China 7. Promoting Socially Responsible Listed Companies in China through Mandatory Information Disclosure Requirements 8. Enforcement of Corporate Social Responsibility in a Harmonious Society 9. Conclusion and the Future of Corportate Social Responsibility in China Index