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Free Content Corporate Social Responsibility in Light of Laudato Si

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This paper explores what Laudato Si teaches about corporate social responsibility. First, I highlight three key and interrelated themes in Laudato Si, namely that all of creation is a gift from a loving God, that “everything in the world is connected”, and a call for a change in our personal response to God's gifts. Second, I relate these three themes to corporate social responsibility, considering the social purpose and nature of the corporation, the importance of cooperative relationships in solidarity for value creation in corporations, and our responsibility to others as a response to the gifts that we have received by practising subsidiarity. Third, I briefly discuss the practical implications using impact investing as an illustration.
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Keywords: Catholic Social Teaching; Corporate social responsibility; Laudato Si; Social justice; Solidarity; Subsidiarity

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2016

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  • The Journal of Corporate Citizenship focuses explicitly on integrating theory about corporate citizenship with management practice. This means that the journal provides a forum in which the tensions and practical realities of making corporate citizenship real are addressed in a reader-friendly, yet conceptually and empirically rigorous format. The Journal of Corporate Citizenship aims to publish the best ideas integrating the theory and practice of corporate citizenship in a format that is readable, accessible, engaging, interesting and useful for readers in business, consultancy, government, NGOs and academia. This peer-reviewed journal encourages practical, theoretically sound, and (when relevant) empirically rigorous manuscripts that address real-world implications of corporate citizenship in global and local contexts.
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