New standards of corporate behaviour have been established in developed countries, obliging them to record information about the 'triple bottom line' in their annual reports. Corporations, especially multinational companies, have had to develop new strategic orientations. Research on social, environmental and overall ethical behaviour of companies has been developed. The concept of stakeholder has simultaneously gained a kind of 'metaphoric evidence'. The book comments on the American theoretical foundations of the notion of Corporate Social Responsibility, and more specifically, the concept of the stakeholder, and it defines a European perspective.
MARIA BONNAFOUS-BOUCHER is Associate Professor at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris, France. Her special interests include Management Science, Theories of Organizations and Institutions, Political Philosophy, Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility. She has published Un Liberalisme sans Liberte (2001) which was translated into Spanish, and recently, Anthropologie et Gestion (2005). YVON PESQUEUX is Professor at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris, France. His special interests include Management, Philosophy and Ethics, Business and Society, and Corporate Social Responsibility. He has published a number of articles and books and is the Editor of Society and Business Review.