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18:15 - 19:30 19 February 2018

Visible Hands: Government Regulation and International Business Responsibility


UCL LG04 | 26 Bedford Way (link Map)
London | WC1H 0DS | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Open

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Jette Steen Knudsen, Shelby Collum Davis Professor of International Bus, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts Univer, Jette Steen Knudsen is Shelby Collum Davis Professor of International Business at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Her research centers on the interface between government regulation and business actions. Her new book (with Jeremy Moon) titled “Visible Hands: Government Regulation of Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Business” is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press (November 2017).

A growing number of states are regulating the corporate social responsibility (CSR) of domestic multinational corporations relating to overseas subsidiaries and suppliers. Jette Steen Knudsen presents a new framework for analysing government–CSR relations: direct and indirect policies for CSR. Arguing that existing research on CSR regulation fails to address the growing role of the state in shaping the international practices of multinational corporations, she provides insight into the CSR issues that are addressed by government policies. Drawing on case studies, Knudsen analyses three key examples of CSR: non-financial reporting, ethical trade and tax transparency in extractive industries.


Monica Barbone
+44 (0) 2031089289 | m.barbone@ucl.ac.uk