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Enacting the CorporationAn American Mining Firm in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia$
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Marina Welker

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520282308

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520282308.001.0001

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“We Should Be Like Starbucks”

“We Should Be Like Starbucks”

The Social Assessment

(p.183) Chapter 6 “We Should Be Like Starbucks”
Enacting the Corporation

Marina Welker

University of California Press

This chapter follows social auditors in Sumbawa as they conduct an annual social assessment of Batu Hijau shortly after corporate headquarters made such assessments mandatory for all mines. Bringing the universalizing and transcendent aspirations of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) together with local understandings and commitments, the assessment highlighted competing conceptions of how the corporation should perceive and act upon its interests and responsibilities, and how its performance should be assessed. As an ethical technology, the assessment is constructed around the very discourses of transparency and accountability already examined in various guises in previous chapters. The pursuit of accountability and transparency, as other scholars have argued, is always political.

Keywords:   social assessments, transparency, accountability, CSR, Five Star Assessment, knowledge practices, corporate responsibility, Corporate Social Responsibility

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