Beyond Legal Compliance: Toward Better Corporate Citizenship of Foreign Multinational Enterprises in China

  • Maria Lai-ling Lam


Many leading multinational enterprises (MNEs) are found to practice fewer corporate social responsible actions in developing countries even though they are legally mandated by their global supply chain partners (Abdul-Gafaru,
2009; Murdoch & Gould, 2004; Philipp, 2009; Rondinelli, 2006; Stiglitz, 2006). Will the voluntary corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives of foreign multinational enterprises in China be a better alternative than legal regulations in a country where there is a weak legal enforcement system?