“Seabirds Matter More Than Us!”: Understanding the Complex Exercise of CSR in the Global Shipping Industry
Within the contemporary shipping industry there is the potential for open registers to act to varying degrees as “regulatory havens”. There are also well-known challenges relating to regulatory enforcement at both port-state and flag-state levels. In this context it is particularly helpful to consider the potential drivers of corporate social responsibility (CSR) within the commercial cargo shipping industry. This paper therefore considers three case studies, to explore: supply chain pressures relating to the exercise of CSR; financial drivers of CSR; the role of paternalism in the exercise of CSR; and normative orientations towards CSR in the shipping industry. The paper concludes that on the whole, the shipping industry is more concerned to focus on the protection of the environment, in conjunction with its CSR policies, than it is to focus on the health and welfare of sea-based employees. Furthermore, it explains the reasons for such prioritization.
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Publication date: 01 December 2016
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