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Amodu, Nojeem (2019) 'Corporate Social Responsibility and Economic Globalization: Mainstreaming Sustainable Development Goals into the AfCFTA Discourse.' Legal Issues of Economic Integration, 47 (1). (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

There is a widely held belief that a borderless global economy brings numerous advantages including economic growth, development and welfare maximization. Globalization equally drives (and is driven by the activities of) large corporations involved in cross border operations. While corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a tool with which integrated developed economies ensure corporate behaviours remain within public interest confines, the regional integration agenda in Africa appears focused on liberalization of trade and investment at all costs. This article examines CSR in regional integration discourse, especially within the European Union, extracting important lessons for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). It unifies the ultimate agenda of both CSR and African regionalism in achieving sustainable development. Advising against misconstruing CSR as an unnecessary trade barrier, the article demonstrates why and how CSR values can be mainstreamed into AfCFTA discourse towards ensuring inclusive growth in Africa and improving the global competitiveness of domestic businesses.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: AfCFTA, Africa, CSR, Corporate Responsibility, Regional Integration, Sustainable Development Goals, Trade Liberalisation
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
ISSN: 15666573
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article accepted for publication in Legal Issues of Economic Integration published by Wolters Kluwer Accepted version downloaded from SOAS Research Online: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/32005
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2019 16:04
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/32005
Related URLs: http://www.kluw ... e+46+%282019%29
Funders: Other

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