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Social licence and environmental protection: why businesses go beyond compliance

Gunningham, Neil, Kagan, Robert and Thornton, Dorothy (2002) Social licence and environmental protection: why businesses go beyond compliance. CARR Discussion Papers (DP 8). Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Traditionally, corporations which complied with the dictates of applicable legislation would have regarded not just their legal, but also their social obligations, as ending at that point. Socio-legal research suggests that corporations complied with law only for instrumental reasons (to avoid legal penalties) or, because "regulations are taken to be a measure of societal expectations, and [are] thus interpreted as a guide to an organisation's moral and social duties," (Wright, 1998: 14). From this traditional point of view, corporations could be expected to take actions which went 'beyond compliance' only where they saw some self-interest in doing so, such as increasing profit, usually over the short-term (Porter and Van der Linde, 1995)

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2002 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Analysis of Risk & Regulation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR)
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2011 12:49
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2020 00:03

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