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The role of business in social development: Understanding the concept of corporate social responsibility


Kasim, Azilah (2004) The role of business in social development: Understanding the concept of corporate social responsibility. In: Pembangunan komuniti dasar, konsep, strategi, dan isu di Malaysia. Penerbit Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, pp. 131-184.

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Abstract

Community development is one of the myriads of issues that lie under the umbrella of Sustainable Development, defined by the World Commission on Environment and Development (1987) as 'development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future generation'. The pressing need to address sustainable development issues has been addressed in the Brundtland Report Our Common Future, which among others explores the role of business (manufacturing or service-based) in promoting sustainable development. This suggestion underscores the original perception of business as being solely a profitminded entity, thus providing a challenge of how a business can incorporate environmental and social concerns without jeopardizing its own survival.The challenge fundamentally lies in the way business has reacted to environment and social issues in the past. At the time, business was seen as having no negative impacts to the people or the environment and any environmental protectionism was considered a nuisance, unbeneficial and would reduce business's competitiveness.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Seminar Kebangsaan Pembangunan Komuniti, 2004, Universiti Utara Malaysia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Azilah Kasim
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2011 06:55
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2011 06:55
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/3068

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