Key Connections for a 'Way of Communion:' Linking the Economy of Communion Project to Corporate Social Responsibility and Workplace Democracy
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The Focolare Movement’s Economy of Communion (EOC) project, in addition to serving as an excellent model of corporate social responsibility (CSR), can be argued to serve as a model for business management, more so than workplace democracy, as EOC business owners have ensured the implementation of several policies characteristic of democratic firms, stemming from the EOC ethos. Nevertheless, the acknowledgement of shared characteristics between EOC companies and CSR and/or democratic firms establishes a link between the EOC and the larger debates of CSR and workplace democracy. In this monograph, I propose that an understanding of the ways in which the EOC exemplifies the characteristics of a socially responsible and/or democratic firm may provide a means by which to engage employees and the larger public on a wider scale, linking those involved with the EOC to the well-known debates of CSR and workplace democracy. In so doing, the issue of employee unawareness may be more effectively addressed, and the EOC could tap into the potential of creating new networks in both the public and private sectors.