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Social innovation and Chinese overseas hydropower dams: the nexus of national social policy and corporate social responsibility

Social innovation and Chinese overseas hydropower dams: the nexus of national social policy and corporate social responsibility
Social innovation and Chinese overseas hydropower dams: the nexus of national social policy and corporate social responsibility
The nexus between hydropower dams, social policy and corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a currently understudied topic. This paper aims to fill parts of this gap by discussing these issues in relation to the world's largest builder of hydropower dams, Chinese state-owned enterprise Sinohydro. This paper draws on the analysis of firm strategy documents and CSR documents and gains additional insights from key informant interviews. The research finds that in 2011 Sinohydro developed its first comprehensive policy framework for social and environmental safeguards that was in line with international standards set by the World Bank/International Finance Corporation. These policies were however later replaced by weaker, vaguer policy. The paper suggests there is a need for Sinohydro and other dam-builders to re-engage with social innovation to mitigate some of the negative social and environmental implications of hydropower dams.
social innovation, hydropower, dams, china, world bank, standards, CSR, nexus
0968-0802
245-256
Nordensvard, Johan
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Urban, Frauke
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Mang, Grace
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Nordensvard, Johan
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Urban, Frauke
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Mang, Grace
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Nordensvard, Johan, Urban, Frauke and Mang, Grace (2015) Social innovation and Chinese overseas hydropower dams: the nexus of national social policy and corporate social responsibility. Sustainable Development, 23 (4), 245-256. (doi:10.1002/sd.1591).

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The nexus between hydropower dams, social policy and corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a currently understudied topic. This paper aims to fill parts of this gap by discussing these issues in relation to the world's largest builder of hydropower dams, Chinese state-owned enterprise Sinohydro. This paper draws on the analysis of firm strategy documents and CSR documents and gains additional insights from key informant interviews. The research finds that in 2011 Sinohydro developed its first comprehensive policy framework for social and environmental safeguards that was in line with international standards set by the World Bank/International Finance Corporation. These policies were however later replaced by weaker, vaguer policy. The paper suggests there is a need for Sinohydro and other dam-builders to re-engage with social innovation to mitigate some of the negative social and environmental implications of hydropower dams.

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Published date: 27 August 2015
Keywords: social innovation, hydropower, dams, china, world bank, standards, CSR, nexus
Organisations: Social Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 382494
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/382494
ISSN: 0968-0802
PURE UUID: 57dcca25-18cb-4984-a8e5-f754e8f229a2

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Date deposited: 06 Oct 2015 11:19
Last modified: 25 Nov 2021 17:11

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Author: Johan Nordensvard
Author: Frauke Urban
Author: Grace Mang

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