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Healing Capitalism

Five Years in the Life of Business, Finance and Corporate Responsibility

The global response from business to social and environmental issues during the past decade has created a corporate responsibility movement. But what has been the impact of this movement? The financial crisis that began in 2007 has led more and more people to question the fundamentals of our economic system.
Now, some within the corporate responsibility movement are developing a vision and practice of a new form of capitalism, one that will require collective action to achieve.

Bendell and Doyle draw on Lifeworth's annual reviews of corporate responsibility and explain how business leaders, stakeholders and related academe now need to experiment with new models that address the fundamental flaws of contemporary capitalism, including monetary systems, enterprise ownership, and regulation. This book will be a fantastic resource for business libraries, as it records and analyses key events, issues and trends in corporate responsibility during the first decade of the 21st century. It is a sequel and companion to Bendell's previous work, The Corporate Responsibility Movement.

Radical thinking par excellence!  Drawing on insights from multiple disciplines and ideological perspectives, Profesor Bendell... directs our attention to the perverse nature of conventional monetary systems and the exciting potential of recent financial innovations to transform capitalism.

Peter Utting, Deputy Director, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)

Jem Bendell is a guru in the world of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate "Voluntarism".  And you need to be a guru to know just how empty and inadequate these concepts have now become. So prepare to have your cherished illusions unceremoniously set aside, and be forced to acknowledge that, when it comes to capitalism, there is no healing without a lot of pain.

on 23 Jan 2014 Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director, Forum for the Future; author, 'Capitalism As If The World Matters'

Radical thinking par excellence!  Drawing on insights from multiple disciplines and ideological perspectives, Profesor Bendell shows how the corporate social responsibility agenda not only deployed an extremely blunt instrument – voluntary action – to reform capitalism but also missed the boat by ignoring core questions of economic governance. He directs our attention to the perverse nature of conventional monetary systems and the exciting potential of recent financial innovations to transform capitalism.

on 23 Jan 2014 Peter Utting, Deputy Director, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)

Professor Bendell is a deep thinker among CSR experts and his last book was widely influential in helping practitioners understand CSR as a "social movement". This new book completes a decade of analysis of initiatives in responsible business and finance. It is a useful resource for students new to this area, and an important source of reflection for those buried in the day-to-day work of CSR initiatives. It's an opportunity for the reader to step back, look at the big picture and think about what has worked and what has not over the past decade. He argues that the "corporate responsibility movement" described in his last book must now address core questions of economic governance, including monetary systems, or be irrelevant in the tide of history. Some of his conclusions are radical, but they are usefully thought-provoking. Therefore, I recommend this book as an important addition to thinking on the topic.

on 21 Jan 2014 Dr Anthony Miller, CSR Focal Point, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); co-founder, Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative

Introduction:Why do we need to heal capitalism?

2006

2006: Introduction 
Jem Bendell

1Q2006: January–March 
Jem Bendell and Shilpa Shah

2Q2006: April–June 
Jem Bendell and Jonathan Cohen

3Q2006: July–September 
Jem Bendell and Jonathan Cohen

4Q2006: October–December 
Jem Bendell and Lala Rimando

2007

2007: Introduction: The global step change
Jem Bendell

1Q2007: January–March 
Jem Bendell and Claire Veuthey

2Q2007: April–June 
Jem Bendell and Jonathan Cohen

3Q2007: July–September 
Jem Bendell

4Q2007: October–December 
Jem Bendell

2008

2008: Introduction 
Jem Bendell and Chew Ng

1Q2008: January–March 
Jem Bendell, Lala Rimando and Claire Veuthey

2Q2008: April–June 
Jem Bendell and Sandy Lin

3Q2008: July–September 
Jem Bendell, Niaz Alam and Barbara Wettstein

4Q2008: October–December 
Jem Bendell, Chew Ng and Niaz Alam

2009

2009: Introduction: Capitalism in question
Jem Bendell

1Q2009: January–March 
Jem Bendell and Jonathan Cohen

2Q2009: April–June 
Ian Doyle and Jem Bendell

3Q2009: July–September 
Jem Bendell, Ian Doyle and Emma Irwin

4Q2009: October–December 
Jem Bendell, Ian Doyle and Nicky Black

2010

2010: Introduction 
Ian Doyle and Jem Bendell

1Q2010: January–March 
Jem Bendell, Hanniah Tariq, Ian Doyle and Janna Greve

2Q2010: April–June 
Jem Bendell, Ian Doyle and Tapan Sarker

3Q2010: July–September 
Jem Bendell

4Q2010: October–December  
Ian Doyle, Wayne Visser and Jem Bendell

Notes

Thematic index

JEM BENDELL is Professor of Sustainability Leadership, and Director of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability, University of Cumbria. IAN DOYLE is the General Manager of Lifeworth Consulting, Geneva.

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