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Social Responsibility & Business Ethics: Getting Started

Ecology. Social. Economy.

Featured Encyclopedias and Reference Sources

Recommended Starting Point

Try searching the Gale Virtual Reference collection of encyclopedias and handbooks linked below.  It's a great alternative to Wikipedia and provides a wealth of vetted resources for beginning your research.

Or, one of our own databases.

Good starting points searches may include:

  • "business ethics"
  • "corporate social responsibility"
  • "social responsibility in business"
  • "business conduct"
  • "business practices"
  • "corporate governance"
  • "sustainability"

Quick Background on Corporate Social Responsibility


 Corporate Social Responsibility: A Very Short Introduction

Exploring the place of CSR in different economic, social, political, and managerial contexts, this short guide considers the many positives, but also challenges, that CSR can present for companies, societies, and governments worldwide. 

International Journal of Corporate Responsibility

An up to date source regarding CSR around the globe