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Humanistic Management Journal

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 105–126 | Cite as

Dystopic Prospects of Global Health and Ecological Governance: Whither the Eco-Centric-Humanistic CSR of Firms?

  • Frederick Ahen
Policy Perspective

Abstract

Global health and environmental wellbeing are mutually reinforcing and interdependent. This mutuality invokes two major analytical orientations: it emphasizes a direct nexus between ecological strategies and global health outcomes. These in turn revitalize the essential quest for comprehensive policies and responsible strategies for enhancing both ecology and health within the discourse of sustainability. With orientation towards political conception of corporate responsibility, I problematize the root questions of the democratic embeddedness of the firm under conditions of weakened institutional structures. I highlight the inherent power relations in global health and ecological governance through literature mapping. I address the question: Why and how might ecological strategies be embedded in corporate day-to-day actions to produce optimal outcomes that have positive effects on global health and human dignity? Besides resource and ethical/political constraints, there are several micro-political, geopolitical, industrial, institutional and structural impediments to ecological and health sustainability. This grim diagnosis is clearly a description of a ‘disturbingly fascinating’ pathology of global capitalism whose industrial effects culminate in the accumulation of more profits for a few at the expense of the ecological sustainability of the majority. That notwithstanding, there are several grounds for optimism with a move from anthropocentrism to humanistic eco-centrism via deliberative democratic procedures. Here, the centrality of human dignity is emphasized. This study provides an interdisciplinary theoretical model that seeks to reorient strategies towards restoration, protection, mitigation, adaptation, harm avoidance and innovative sustainability of the whole economic gamut and biodiversity that supports global health. Thus, I rearticulate ecological sustainability in terms of its most fundamental means and end: sustainable global health and the tutelage of human dignity.

Keywords

Biodiversity Ecological governance Global health Human dignity MNCs Structural impediments 

Notes

Acknowledgments

I would like to express my profound gratitude to the following scholars for the constructive comments which helped improve the earlier versions of this paper: Dr. Shelley Mitchell, Dr. Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki, Dr. Susan L. Manring, Dr. Outi Salo-Ahen, the editor and the anonymous reviewers.

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The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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  1. 1.Department of Marketing and International Business, Turku School of EconomicsUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland

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