Employees are key stakeholders in the CSR management of their employers. Without credible stakeholder involvement, even being ISAE 3000 audited won’t help (as much as all the buzz words in EcoVadis’ announcement won’t help). EcoVadis talks to unions, but they don’t pay enough respect to employees where EcoVadis could help them directly without too much effort. That is an ethical problem in the ethics business.
I think that the concept of EcoVadis is good, but their reluctance to encourage suppliers to disclose their EcoVadis Premium Reports at least to the own employees is irritating. On the other hand that also provides suppliers with an opportunity to get an “Platinum” award just by publishing their reports without having been asked by EcoVadis.
That said, I want to draw your attention to AntiCSR.com with the understanding, that I am not against CSR reporting in general. I am against insufficiently verified CSR reporting. I am against hype. “Anti CSR” takes “a Critical look at Corporate Social Responsibility”. That is what we need.
License to Ill
Firms that engaged in prior socially responsible behavior are more likely to then engage in socially irresponsible behavior, research finds
By Sean Nealon on November 20, 2013
[Margaret Ormiston, Elaine Wong] found that prior corporate social responsibility was related to subsequent corporate social irresponsibility. More specifically for roughly every five positive actions that a firm takes, this gives them license to commit one negative action.
“These findings show that CEOs should be aware of this tendency so that they can prevent their companies from slipping into this pattern,” Wong said. “Additionally, corporate boards can’t allow CEOs to rest on their laurels. They need to be vigilant in monitoring CEOs.”
See also: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/peps.12029/abstract
The Role of Ethical Evaluation of Corporate Social
Responsibility in the Perception of Corporate
Hypocrisy, the Intention of Opinioned
Communication and Behavior toward a Firm
Corporate hypocrisy refers to publics’ negative perception of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) as a result of ethical attribution of CSR to normative ethics, and thus can be a useful indicator of the disappointing and ineffective role of CSR programs geared toward raising publics’ goodwill toward a firm. However, scant scholarly effort has been made to explore the concept of corporate hypocrisy in relation to corporate issues and crises, publics’ ethical orientation, cultural and national influence, and polarized sentiments toward global business in the media landscape. These aspects collectively constitute the unpredictable, uncontrollable public opinion, in particular the opinion of the socially minded general public, and these aspects thus generate a turbulent business arena across the globe.
To fill this void, this dissertation concurrently conducted two sets of research: one used a survey methodology on a real company’s CSR case and the other used an experimental method. […]