Multinationals and Corporate Social Responsibility

Limitations and Opportunities in International Law

by Jennifer A. Zerk

Series: Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law (No. 48)

The 'corporate social responsibility' ('CSR') movement has been described as one of the most important social movements of our time. This book looks at what the CSR movement means for multinationals, for states and for international law. International law is often criticized for being too 'state-centred', and ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of globalization. However, drawing from many and varied examples of state, NGO and corporate practice, this 2006 book argues that, while international law has its limitations, it presents more opportunities for the CSR regulation of multinationals than many people assume. The main obstacles to better regulation are, therefore, not legal, but political.


In The Press

Review of the hardback: 'This is by far the best book to date exploring various national and international legal means through which to improve the human rights performance of transnational firms. Zerk is thorough yet innovative, strongly committed to the realization of rights yet admirably flexible in how best to achieve that end. She examines the responsibilities of states and corporations in equal balance, concluding that neither can suffice by itself. This should be required reading for anyone concerned with these critical issues.' John G. Ruggie , Kirkpatrick Professor of International Affairs and Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard University;UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Business and Human Rights