Global Companies and Global Society: The Evolving Social Contract
Globalization, privatization, and CHANging ideas about the roles of business and government are transforming the social contract under which business is allowed to operate. Global companies are also policy-makers and public goods providers, governments seek profits through state-owned enterprises and sovereign wealth funds, and everyone is trying to figure out how to partner with everyone else. As a result of global economic and social integration, more and more of the business-society interaction has played out at a transnational rather than purely national level, involving transnational corporations, transnational civil society networks and organizations, and inter-governmental organizations. Experiments with codes of conduct, disclosure standards, new business models, and investment standards, along with numerous dialogues and partnerships, provide the basis for a rich and important research agenda.
Social contract, globalization, partnerships, transnational, intergovernmental organization, NGOs, International business enterprises, Business and politics, International relations
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FLORINI, Ann. 2013. "Global Companies and Global Society: The Evolving Social Contract." In Handbook of Global Companies, edited by John Mikler, 335-350. Chichester: Wiley.