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MacKenzie, C.
2014 June
Human Resource Development: A Concise Introduction
HRD, Sustainabilty and Ethics
Palgrave Macmillan
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The concept of CSR reflects the discretionary responsibility of businesses (Surroca et al., 2010, p. 464) and therefore represents both aspirational and substantive obligations that address the triple bottom-line philosphy of economic, societal and environmental organizational responsibilities. Unlike most other textbooks focused on exploring ethics and CSR from a theoretical perspecitve, this chapter takes a departure from a purely theoretical discussion and illuminates the critical role HRD practitioners play in developing organizational strucutres that support ethical behaviour and socially responsible business practices. We illustrate the links between HRD functions and the delivery of organizational policies aimed at achieving an ethical and socially responsible business practices and in doing so, will equip students with the necessary skills to make informed decisions about doing the right thing rather than merely doing things right. In the next section we will explore the key drivers for ethical behaviour and the adoption of CSR in today’s organization. We draw on examples of organizational successes and failures over the last two decades to illuminate the importance of organizational ethics and CSR. 

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