Guiding the Invisible Hand

Pedersen, Esben Rahbek
December 2005
Journal of Corporate Citizenship;Winter2005, Issue 20, p77
Academic Journal
In recent years, the corporate citizenship discourse has become very popular among international organisations, bilateral donors and development finance institutions. However, even though development issues are also increasingly integrated in the corporate citizenship literature, the role of these organisations has gone widely unnoticed. The paper will try to fill this gap by examining how development agencies can have an impact on corporate citizenship practices in developing countries, either indirectly by stimulating investments or directly by offering companies incentives for social and environmental improvements. The analysis is based on the experiences from a number of private-sector development (PSD) programmes and a case example that illustrates how these interventions actually affect company behaviour.


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