Eldis CSR Reporter, 23 April 2007
”Why Corporate Social Responsibility is Failing Children” is a report which reviews three voluntary corporate social responsibility (CSR) codes for companies and reveals that all three have been violated by leading companies. The report concludes that voluntary initiatives alone are wholly inadequate as a means of improving the lives of children. The report argues that voluntary initiatives fail to be enforced and only attract a small sub-section of companies in each sector.
The paper gives a background on voluntary CSR initiatives reviews three familiar voluntary codes for companies - the International Marketing Code for Breastmilk Substitutes, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) - and finds some striking results, with serious concerns raised by all three cases.
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