The Noblesse Oblige of Global Business; An Agenda for Research

Black, Nicky
December 2005
Zeitschrift fuer Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik;2005, Vol. 6 Issue 3, p390
Academic Journal
This article charts the evolution and content of the current debate around the legitimate role of global business, in which business is charged with a broader responsibility for social, economic and environmental conditions in the developing world. Drawing from the human rights framework, the paper suggests there is a distinction between the 'depths' of responsibility presented in this debate, and identifies Sustainable Enterprise as a more active engagement of global business in addressing the challenges of globalization. Within the approach business attempts to create both financial and social value for the world's economically-excluded human majority. Undertaken by a number of global corporations under a discursive frame that echos ideas of noblesse oblige, this approach presents a number of practical and conceptual challenges which are the focus of my doctoral research.


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