Editor: Dr Suzanne Young
Governance and CSR has had an increasing focus from the media, investor groups, community and unions as corporate collapses, frauds and bankruptcies have occurred. The GFC demonstrated the failure of compliance-based approaches to regulate behaviour. Even organizations found in the Anglo-world that operate predominantly from the shareholder primacy approach where organizational purpose is based on fulfilling the needs of owners - achieved through maximising financial returns- are increasingly making statements about stakeholder engagement and highlighting this in the work they do in the Corporate Social responsibility field. Employees are key actors in Governance along with capital and management, but their position in governance is problematic with minimal research that examines empirically the position of employees as key stakeholders or how organisations prioritise their needs as stakeholders.
Questions that arise:
- Are employees included in the Governance system alongside capital and management?
- How are their needs prioritised in comparison to other stakeholders?
- In their CSR policies and practices do organisations include responsibilities to employees? How do CSR practices impact on labour and their work?
- Are organisations moving to a more inclusive democratic system of governance as they adopt CSR practices and CSR reporting?
- Do institutional investors question companies about their responsibilities and actions towards employees?
- Do unions include organisational CSR practices in their EB agreements?
- How does climate change impact on jobs?
Labour & Industry, as the official journal of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, offers a multi-disciplinary perspective on all aspects of the social, organizational and institutional aspects of work and industrial relations. The journal publishes original, high quality research and policy papers that investigate the implications of changing work relations for employers, employees, unions, government and other social actors with a stake in industrial relations. The aims of the journal are to encourage debate and the exchange of views between researchers, to challenge the conceptual boundaries of work and industrial relations, and to contribute to the generation of new ideas by drawing on insights from diverse disciplines. These disciplines include: industrial/employment relations, human resource management, labour and business history, labour and employment law, management and organisational studies, political science and public policy, psychology, sociology and related disciplines.
- Papers are due to firstname.lastname@example.org by end of August 2012.
- Reviewed and comments to authors by end of September 2012.
- Final papers due end of November 2012.
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