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Corporate social responsibility in marine plastic debris governance


Landon-Lane, M, Corporate social responsibility in marine plastic debris governance, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 127 pp. 310-319. ISSN 0025-326X (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.11.054


This paper explores the governance characteristics of marine plastic debris, some of the factors underpinning its severity, and examines the possibility of harnessing corporate social responsibility (CSR) to manage plastic use within the contextual attitudes of a contemporary global society. It argues that international and domestic law alone are insufficient to resolve the "wicked problem" of marine plastic debris, and investigates the potential of the private sector, through the philosophy of CSR, to assist in reducing the amount and impacts of marine plastic debris. To illustrate how CSR could minimise marine plastic pollution, an industry-targeted code of conduct was developed. Applying CSR would be most effective if implemented in conjunction with facilitating governance frameworks, such as supportive governmental regulation and non-governmental partnerships. This study maintains that management policies must be inclusive of all stakeholders if they are to match the scale and severity of the marine plastic debris issue.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:corporate social responsibility, marine plastic debris, oceans governance
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Corporate governance
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental education and awareness
UTAS Author:Landon-Lane, M (Mr Micah Landon-Lane)
ID Code:131874
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:59
Deposited By:Directorate
Deposited On:2019-04-10
Last Modified:2019-06-20

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