The Social License

How to Keep Your Organization Legitimate

Authors: Morrison, John

  • The first book to explain and guide a reader through the complex but increasingly commonly used notion of 'social license to operate'
  • An expert, experience-based treatment of the concept of 'legitimacy', ' 'legitimacy' is taking over CSR debates and appearing on agendas from Davos to global news reporting
  • Offers direct guidance and packed with first-hand case studies, readers will learn to understand, and measure legitimacy
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About this book

A distinctive and direct guide to legitimacy in business, focusing on the new benchmark of a 'Social License to Operate'. Featuring case studies of what is and isn't working, this book explains how business owners and CSR professionals can integrate legitimacy into the heart of their company strategy, beyond CSR and good PR.  

About the authors

John Morrison is a leading practitioner and thinker on issues relating to the social responsibilities of government, business, and civil society. He is currently the Executive Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Business (www.ihrb.org), and has advised a number of governments, the European Union, OECD, and the United Nations on related issues. Previously, John has worked in business, civil society, and government, and lived and worked in Europe and North America. He has been a Harkness Fellow, member of a number of advisory boards, and chaired the Jury of the Dutch Government's Human Rights Award in 2013. He has written and spoken widely on human rights, international migration, and corporate responsibility.

Reviews

"Provocative and challenging The Social License makes a compelling case for why companies must look to increase their positive social impact as an integral part of their core business strategies." - Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever plc

"John Morrison has led significant initiatives on business and human rights over recent years. Now his book takes some of that collective experience and orders it conceptually in a way that is accessible and makes an important point about the social licence of corporations to operate." - Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland; United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change

"In this provocative book, John Morrison takes us beyond CSR into the realm of 'the social license' and how it is earned, and then all the way to the social contract on which any sustainable societal order ultimately must rest. The intellectual journey is well worth the while." - John G. Ruggie, Professor of Human Rights and International Affairs, Harvard University; former United Nations Special Representative for Business and Human Rights

"The Social License is fundamentally about accountability to people and not just powerful interests. John Morrison's book reminds all organizations - governments, business and civil society - to focus on the legitimacy of their own actions."- Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International

"John Morrison has written a thought provoking, path-finding book that should be essential reading for any corporate executive seeking to achieve a growing, sustainable business. It sets out a textured, multi-layered, challenging framework that is foundational to maintaining a social license in a social media world of increasing and rising expectations." - Ed Potter, Director, Global Workplace Rights, The Coca-Cola Company

"My three words to describe John Morrison's book: Timely ¬ because what used to be acceptable behaviour by business a few decades ago is no longer the case today and because social license is much more than CSR; Targeted because it reaches out not only to business but also governments and civil society; Trustworthy because with his vast experience and knowledge John Morrison, convinces us both theoretically and practically. A book to be read, discussed, and used!" - Margot Wallstrom, former Vice President of the European Commission; former UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Social License
Book Subtitle
How to Keep Your Organization Legitimate
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-37072-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137370723
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-37071-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47535-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 187
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