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Corporate Social Responsibility in Bangladesh

4/11/2008

Dr Ataur Belal, an accounting lecturer at Aston Business School has just published one of the first books to examine corporate social responsibility in developing countries.

‘Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting in Developing Countries" brings a fresh perspective to bear on current corporate social responsibility and examines the widely varied reporting practices in different national contexts. It has been described by Dr Belal's peers as an 'authoritative text' and also as 'suggesting a rich agenda for future research".

Dr Belal said: "Historically, the study of corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting has largely been within the context of Western economies. However, in the wake of highly publicized incidents such as Bhopal and the struggle of the Ogoni people in Nigeria, many large corporations now claim to be taking steps to improve their environmental and social performance within developing countries. This is the first book which covers status of CSR reporting in Bangladesh quite extensively."

The book examines whether the current practice of CSR reporting in developing countries is motivated by a desire to discharge accountability to all relevant stakeholders or whether it is being driven by the imperative of advancing corporate economic interests. While concepts like CSR reporting have become more fashionable, they vary widely in different national contexts; this book therefore clarifies the types and roles of CSR reporting and the underlying corporate motivations.

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