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date: 27 January 2021

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There are vital issues affecting our planet including climate change, inequality, and political freedom, and publishers have produced many books and articles on these topics. Companies are not obliged to consider the externalities of their operations, but most now recognize they cannot be ignored. Who are the stakeholders of a publisher? What responsibility do publishers have towards society? How sustainable for the planet is the business model of publishing? Since publishing is a global business, how broadly should we think about the impact of the operations of companies? Should not publishers produce books that match the interests of a population that is diversified by, for example, gender and ethnicity? Examination of corporate social responsibility clarifies the role of the publisher in an age of open content and self-publishing.

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility, CSR, corporate citizen, stakeholder, externality, sustainability, diversity, supply chain, environment, carbon footprint

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