Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Capitalism and Environmental Sustainability
– Task Description:
You are required to write a persuasive values-driven argument on an issue of moral and social importance. In particular, you are required to
take a position on the following statement and argue for your position in writing:
“All businesses have a responsibility to make a real contribution to the achievement of environmental sustainability. However, they are unable
to do so effectively because of the dynamics of global capitalism.”
– Structure and Assessment Criteria:
1. Introductory thesis statement addressing the statement: Outstandingly clear and strong thesis statement.
2. Opening justification for your thesis: Flawless or nearly flawless, justification for your thesis.
3. Articulation of opposing view: Outstandingly comprehensive and clear articulation.
4. Rebuttal of opposing view: Flawless or nearly flawless rebuttal.
– Supportive readings:
– References to cite (not limited to these ones):
Babiak, K. and Trendafilova, S., 2011. CSR and environmental responsibility: motives and pressures to adopt green management practices.
Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 18(1): 11-24.
Galbreath, J., Charles, D. and Klass, D., 2014. Knowledge and the climate change issue: an exploratory study of cluster and extra-cluster
effects. Journal of Business Ethics, 125(1): 11-25.
Khojastehpour, M. and Johns, R., 2014. The effect of environmental CSR issues on corporate/brand reputation and corporate profitability.
European Business Review, 26(4): 330-339.
Orlitzky, M., Siegel, D.S. and Waldman, D.A., 2011. Strategic corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability. Business &
Society, 50(1): 6-27.
Sklair, L. and Miller, D., 2010. Capitalist globalization, corporate social responsibility and social policy. Critical Social Policy, 30(4):
Sodano, V. and Hingley, M., 2013. The food system, climate change and CSR: from business to government case. British Food Journal, 115(1): 75-
Wettstein, F., 2012. CSR and the debate on business and human rights: Bridging the great divide. Business Ethics Quarterly, 22(04): 739-770.
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