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Enlightenment or Resistance? Promoting Sustainability Through Corporate Law and Governance in Mauritius


Pillay, RG and Soobaroyen, T and Mahadeo, B and Pariag, N, Enlightenment or Resistance? Promoting Sustainability Through Corporate Law and Governance in Mauritius, Cambridge Handbook of Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Sustainability, Cambridge University Press, B Sjafjell and CM Bruner (ed), United Kingdom ISBN 9781108473293 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/9781108658386.034


Despite various international initiatives and soft/hard law reforms over the last two decades, concerns abound as the extent to which the sustainability agenda has become embedded in emerging economies. This chapter focuses on Mauritius, specifically the emergence of a sustainability discourse as part of corporate governance reforms, the enactment of a national sustainable development agenda, and the implementation of the first corporate social responsibility legislation in the world, requiring companies to finance related projects. Our empirical analysis, primarily focused on corporate settings, and informed by the country’s socio-economic and political contexts, reveals wide variation in corporate engagement and the advent of a form of state control over the execution of projects. Overall, our implications seek to identify lessons for other emerging economies, particularly in terms of state-level attempts to mandate corporate social responsibility.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:legislated CSR, emerging economies, national sustainable development goals
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Commercial law
Research Field:Corporations and associations law
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Business ethics
UTAS Author:Mahadeo, B (Dr Brinda Mahadeo)
ID Code:136277
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2019-12-12
Last Modified:2020-03-03

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