THE AESTHETIC NATURE OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND GREENWASHING
Leen Bakerjian ()
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Leen Bakerjian: University of Debrecen, Geza Marton Doctoral School of Legal Studies, Debrecen, Hungary
Oradea Journal of Business and Economics, 2022, vol. 7, issue 1, 98-108
This article argues that the governance, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the communications and environmental practices done in the name of it should all recognize that the corporation is an aesthetic phenomenon. Through logos, trademarks, websites and product advertisement CSR practices are being aesthetically projected. In turn, this misleads and influences the consumer about the corporationâ€™s environmental performance and compliance with CSR regulations. As a result, the article argues that the aesthetic nature of a corporation must be taken into consideration when punishing dishonest corporate behavior through governance methods. The illusion a corporation can create in claiming it is â€œgreenâ€ , can create difficulties for regulations, therefore, tackling the wrongful and misleading statements about a corporationâ€™s products can be more beneficial than focusing on the broader aesthetic of a corporation. Social and environmental activists play a subversive role in the equation which can help with unveiling the green mask. Though history has shown that these narratives can play a limited role in re-establishment, lawful regulation can assist these narratives in forming a more rigid practice when it comes to CSR and greenwashing.
Keywords: CSR; Greenwashing; Environmental; Aesthetic; Consumerism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K13 K32 K33 M14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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