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Rethinking Corporate Social Engagement: Lessons From Latin America

Lester M. Salamon
Rethinking Corporate Social Engagement: Lessons From Latin America
ISBN: 978-1-56549-314-8
ISBN: 978-1-56549-313-1
2010/159 pages/LC: 2009046638
A Kumarian Press Book
"This is a short yet outstanding book.... [Salamon] takes us beyond a simple assessment of CSR in Latin America and introduces the idea of Corporate Social Engagement, which will certainly pull the debate on CSR towards new promising frontiers."—Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

"A fresh and timely assessment of the exploding growth of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Latin America, documenting progress in ... Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico."—Henry Gomez-Samper, University of the Andes

"Salamon applies his academic rigor, global experience, and thoughtful insight to the issue of corporate social engagement in Latin America, providing the reader with a greater understanding of the need and potential for cross-sector collaboration with civil society in this dynamic region."—Manuel Arango, Mexican Center for Philanthropy

"A fascinating and richly documented portrait of the distinctive features that have characterized the growth of corporate social responsibility in Latin America."—David Vogel, University of California, Berkeley

"A timely and illuminating exploration of business engagement in Latin America's recent development pathway."—Simon Zadek, Harvard University


Lester Salamon assesses the reality behind the "corporate social engagement" hype in Latin America, examining what forms CSE is taking, how it is being implemented, why businesses chose to participate, variations among countries in their approaches to partnerships between businesses and civil society, and whether CSE has had any positive impact. His brief, accessible book shows how civil society can exert a constructive influence on business practices.


Lester M. Salamon is director of the Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins University. His numerous publications include The State of Nonprofit America, The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance, and Global Civil Society Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector.


  • Introduction: A New Alliance for Progress?
  • Proliferation.
  • Professionalization.
  • Partnering.
  • Participation.
  • Penetration.
  • Conclusion.