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International Business under Adversity

A Role in Corporate Responsibility, Conflict Prevention and Peace Edited by Gabriele Suder, Pr. Fellow, Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, Australia
What is the role of international business in this dilemma? How and why do international corporations maximize value beyond core strategy and partners through corporate responsibility? This informative and accessible resource expands the readers’ understanding of the ways in which profit maximization, value creation and community benefit interconnect. How to respect the wider business settings and communities, the environment and encourage peace? Is this just another dream? This book clearly provides a starting point for upstream mitigation, in which collective action allows disruption to be avoided at its very roots. It shows the way into responsible business, as a downright condition for an enlightened self-interest for all parties to pursue.
Extent: 224 pp
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Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978 1 84720 374 8
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  • Business and Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • International Business
  • Economics and Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Terrorism and Security
International Business under Adversity explores the essential issues of corporate responsibility rooted in firms’ international activities. The wide spread of specific sets of values, ways of thinking and living, infrastructures and technologies are commonly associated with the motivations of conflict, crisis and terrorism.

What is the role of international business in this dilemma? How and why do international corporations maximize value beyond core strategy and partners through corporate responsibility? This informative and accessible resource expands the readers’ understanding of the ways in which profit maximization, value creation and community benefit interconnect. How to respect the wider business settings and communities, the environment and encourage peace? Is this just another dream? This book clearly provides a starting point for upstream mitigation, in which collective action allows disruption to be avoided at its very roots. It shows the way into responsible business, as a downright condition for an enlightened self-interest for all parties to pursue.

This book will be of great interest to those who wish to understand the case for corporate responsibility: its tools, measures and practices in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), conflict prevention, and reduction of risk and uncertainty in the globalized world. It will be valuable to the leadership of international corporations, and serve academics and postgraduate students to efficiently link the fields of risk management, CSR, business ethics and corporate strategy.
‘Business and corporate actions, globally and locally, have often encouraged and aggravated human conflict. Equally evident is the fact that business, if only out of enlightened self-interest, can and should be an integral part of preventing, mitigating and ending violent conflict. This highly complex relationship needs to be seriously studied and discussed with an open mind. Dr. Suder’s publication makes an important contribution to this discussion and I recommend the information and analysis contained in this book to a wide audience.’
– Daniel Stauffacher, Former Ambassador of Switzerland and Chairman ICT4Peace Foundation

‘While Golda Meir was Prime Minister of Israel she shared her hopes for humanity: “I hope that some day, perhaps not in my time or my children’s time, but in my grandchildren’s time, war will become like cannibalism, completely unthinkable”. For war to be unthinkable, business must be a part of the solution. Gabriele Suder’s new volume recognizes the imperative of peace and brings many of the best thinkers in the world together to ask how the private sector can contribute to a peaceful future for our planet. With strikingly new ideas, International Business under Adversity is must reading for business leaders and students alike.’
– Nancy J. Adler, McGill University, Canada
Contributors: D. Atkinson, B. Buchelt, R.P. Claude, A. de Jonge, N. Dholakia, M. Dieleman, T.L. Fort, R. Kaminska-Labbé, I. Ketata, J. Lefevre, M. McIntosh, J.R. McIntyre, W.M. Sachs, J. Soar, G.G.S. Suder, D. Windsor
Contents:

Preface

PART I: FOUNDATIONS
1. Introduction to the Role and Responsibilities of International Business in our Contemporary World
Gabriele G.S. Suder

2. Human Rights and Multinational Corporations: The Global Compact and Continuing Evolution
David Atkinson and Richard Pierre Claude

3. Corporate Social Responsiblity: An International Law Perspective
Alice de Jonge

PART II: CRITICAL ISSUES
4. Instruments of Peace? How Businesses Might Foster Religious Harmony
Timothy L. Fort

5. Expropriation of Minority Shareholders or Social Dividend? Beware of Good Corporate Citizens
Wladimir M. Sachs and Marleen Dieleman

6. Information Management and Communication Technology for Conflict Prevention and Peace
Jeffrey Soar

PART III: DEALING WITH BEST AND WORST PRACTICE
7. Adversarial Allies: The Evolving China–India Nexus
Nikhilesh Dholakia

8. Corporate Social Performance in a Post-transition Context: The Case of Polish Firms
Renata Kaminska-Labbé and Beata Buchelt

9. The Sustainable Peace Roles of International Extractive Industries
Duane Windsor

PART IV: THE BIG PICTURE – TOOL KITS
10. Sustainable Enterprise and Sustainable Futures
Malcolm McIntosh

11. Corporate Social Responsibility as a New Orientation in Response to Crisis Management of Sea Changes and Navigational Dead Reckoning
Ihsen Ketata and John R. McIntyre

12. The Corporate Responsibility in Peace, Conflict Reduction and Crisis Prevention: Human Security for Thriving Markets – A Tool Kit
Gabriele G.S. Suder and Jonathan Lefevre

Index