The “natural environment” is defined in the light of corporate social responsibility (CSR) as the natural, physical surroundings in which human life takes place. Some would call it nature, our living planet, life on Earth or the geophysical world, but here it is important to distinguish between the two words of the term “natural” and “environment.” The composition of these two words includes and excludes certain features that are important to understand in relation to CSR.
“Natural” means what occurs in our world outside and independently of human conduct. Humans as a species are also “natural,” but when we understand the word, we come to think about the substantive of the adverb, namely “nature.” To be very brief, defining nature and what being “natural” means is an extensive exercise if one has to encounter every species, every physical fact in this “corollary,” we would have to...
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Lauesen, L.M. (2013). Natural Environment. In: Idowu, S.O., Capaldi, N., Zu, L., Gupta, A.D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-28036-8_368
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