Corporate social responsibility, supply-chains and saami Claims

Tracing the political in the finnish forestry industry

Rebecca Lawrence*

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At the heart of debate surrounding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) lies an inherent anxiety over the division of responsibility between states and corporations. Commonly taken for granted is a natural and a priori separation of government and market activities. This paper provides a critique of the conceptual division of responsibility between 'state' and 'market' actors, and explores the politically ambivalent roles of state financed companies in global CSR dialogues on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. It uses a case concerning logging on Saami reindeer herding territory, and explores a particularly Finnish articulation of CSR and supply-chain management in the Finnish forestry and paper sector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-176
Number of pages10
JournalGeographical Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Finland
  • Forestry industry
  • Indigenous
  • Saami
  • Supply chains

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