Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Liability for Environmental Damage

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The chapter analyses recent developments in tort law, namely in the English tort of negligence, which point towards increased liability of parent companies for damage caused by their subsidiaries. In particular, it discusses the relevance of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental self-regulation and best practices for parent liability, which has been discussed controversially in English case law. The chapter shows that CSR instruments play an important role with regard to the assumption of responsibility in the individual case, resulting in a duty of care towards, for example, neighbours of a factory. Moreover, it demonstrates their influence on the determination of the required standard of care when it comes to more general corporation-wide (or supply chain-wide) duties of care.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Loss and Damage in a Comparative Law Perspective
EditorsBarbara Pozzo, Valentina Jacometti
Number of pages22
PublisherIntersentia
Publication date2020
Pages111-132
ISBN (Print)9781839700262
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesEuropean Environmental Law Forum Book Series
Volume6

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Law - corporate social responsibility, parent liability, duty of care, environmental damage

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