What emerges when a market emerges?

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What emerges when a market emerges? Does giving emphasis to the term emerging markets not represent a form of economic reductionism, neglecting the social context in which a market emerges? In this respect, CSR can be seen as a contribution from the business community, one that does not separate the economic and social dimensions in this emergent process. However, more global approaches are needed to face today's challenges and to reflect on the criteria we have to bear in mind. This paper seeks to address this issue. For this reason, I feel it might be useful to respond to the question (what emerges when a market emerges?) using the Catholic Social Teaching doctrine and, more specifically, by means of a dialogue with Pope Benedict XVI's latest encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (CV). The latter represents one of the few current attempts to provide a global and integrated view, incorporating specific guiding values and criteria for action. This paper is thus divided into three parts entitled: a) In times of globalisation and crisis: Integral human development as a criterion; b) The CSR challenge: The company, sustainability and the common good; and c) The continuing challenge of Business in Society. The main finding is that CV's contribution may be to provide us with criteria to analyse what we have to bear in mind when talking about emerging markets without reducing this vision merely to economic terms. We should consider criteria such as: integral human development; the common good; inter-generational justice; the cultural context; ethics integrated within the economy and moral responsibility. All of these are fundamental. This paper questions the message, which is sometimes oversimplified in the case of emerging markets, to the extent that it forgets the social context. Dealing with this omission allows us to present new challenges both as part of these countries' CSR agendas and in the call for both local and global governance.
Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines315-326
Publicació especialitzadaCorporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 1 d’oct. 2011

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