According to the Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR is “best understood not as a concept, a construct, or a theory, but as a field of scholarship”. This handbook provides an excellent and thorough introduction to the subject. The Brock University Library has this title in print (Call No: HD 60 O94 2008) and online formats.
Readers looking for a dictionary-style introduction to the topic should refer to The A-Z of Corporate Social Responsibility, 2nd Edition which was published by Wiley in 2010. It features definitions and overviews of topics, institutions, codes, and guidelines of relevance to CSR, sustainability, business ethics and other related issues. You’ll find this book in the Brock Library on the 9th floor at Call No: HD 60 A225 2010.
The Conference Board of Canada e-Library database contains a number of recently published reports and archived webcasts on the topic of CSR. These include:
The Business Case for Corporate Social Responsibility (a report published in June 2011 by the Conference Board, Inc in New York)
The Role of the Board in CSR & Sustainability (a recorded webinar from May 2011)
Measuring the effects of Corporate Social Responsibility (a report published by the Conference Board, Inc. in April 2011).
The Globe and Mail newspaper in conjunction with Corporate Knights Research published CSR rankings for Canadian companies in June 2010 which are available online. Corporate Knights magazine also publishes an annual ranking of the best 50 corporate citizens in Canada. The 10th anniversary report with the 2011 rankings is now online. The top 3 are: The Co-Operators Group, Mountain Equipment Co-op, and Domtar Corporation.