Corporate Social Responsibility, Hydraulic Fracturing and Unregulated Space: Recognising Responsibility Without the Law

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  • John Pearson


This paper considers the role of legal regulation in assessing the actions of firms in relation to CSR. Utilising recent legal developments surrounding the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing as an illustrative example of the issue, it questions whether judging CSR is possible in a legal vacuum. Having established the linkage between CSR and the law the piece moves to illustrate that instances of legal freedom question established conceptions of CSR and warrant a greater exploration of this connection. Whilst instances of this type are conceded as rare, they do question the extent to which, without law, the responsibility of actions can be demonstrated by firms and it is this which the paper highlights.

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Original languageEnglish
Article number110802
JournalInternational Journal of Business, Governance and Ethics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2020