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Corporate Responsibility Coalitions
The Past, Present, and Future of Alliances for Sustainable Capitalism
David Grayson and Jane Nelson


450 pages.

Hardcover ISBN: 9780804785242
Ebook ISBN: 9780804787109

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Winner of the 2015 SIM Book Award, sponsored by the AOM Social Issues in Management Section.

It is estimated that there are more than 110 national and international business-led corporate responsibility coalitions. Given the growing reach and significance of these alliances, there is now a critical need for an informed and balanced analysis of their achievements, their progress, and their potential.

In Corporate Responsibility Coalitions, the first book to chronicle the subject, David Grayson and Jane Nelson explore the past, present, and future of these coalitions. They consider the emergence of new models of collective corporate action over the past four decades; the increasing number of these coalitions, their diversity and complexity; and how they network with each other and a broader set of institutions that promote sustainable capitalism. Drawing on their global study, the authors light the way for the future development of these influential alliances. In addition, they provide in-depth profiles of the most strategic, effective, and long-standing coalitions.

About the authors

David Grayson is Director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield University. He is a Contributing Editor to The Corporate Citizenship Briefing ( and a regular columnist for The Ethical Corporation (

Jane Nelson is Director of Harvard Kennedy School's Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a Senior Associate of Cambridge University's Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

"David Grayson and Jane Nelson tell a story that too few know: the story of corporate-lead coalitions and the role that they play a in redefining business in society. It is a story of social innovation at its best. Understanding these powerful coalitions and learning as much as we can from them will be essential to creating a more sustainable world."

—Cheryl Y. Kiser, Executive Director, The Lewis Institute & Babson Social Innovation Lab, Babson College