Corporate Global Citizenship by Andrew R. McGill

By Andrew R. McGill

Environmental degradation. Poverty and malnutrition. ailment and illiteracy. because the world's human inhabitants skyrockets and assets develop scarce, the multinational corporation--with its skill to mobilize monstrous human and capital assets throughout geopolitical boundaries--may be mankind's top security opposed to an onslaught of social ills. Many businesses have already joined the fray, launching bold worldwide company citizenship courses designed to enhance the standard of existence within the groups and international locations during which they function. Their actions, the point of interest of this groundbreaking paintings, are precursors to a brand new age of enlightened capitalism, and their daring holiday with culture is placing them now, greater than ever, within the public eye.

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Responding to this pressure. Although familiar arguments about ethical and economic motivations for engaging in citizenship activities are included, our intention is not primarily to argue for one rationale Page 2 over another. Rather, it is to help explain the movement by corporations toward corporate citizenship activities from the companies' perspectives, as well as from broader theoretical perspectives that introduce sociological, psychological, and economic concepts to help make sense of these actions.

In many areas of the world the primary source of energy remains firewood. Theoretically, fuelwood is a renewable resource, but demand, which is rapidly rising, already far outstrips supply in most places. In many regions, large areas have been deforested by people gathering fuel. Because the need for fuel will not abate, these areas will most likely not regenerate for generations, if at all. The energy future of such regions is uncertain. How people who cannot now afford oil will be able to purchase more expensive alternate technologies is unknown.

As we approach the end of the 20th century, nations the world over and corporations doing business in them are struggling with a web of issues relating to population, the environment, social justice, poverty, health, and education. The issues affect the well-being of nations, the productivity and effectiveness of corporations doing business in them, and the quality of life of the world's population. Traditionally, corporations have exempted themselves from social and environmental problems, focusing instead on performance and shareholder return.

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