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This entry provides an overview of business responsibilities with regard to international development and human and social development in less developed nations. “Less developed nation” is a characterization not to be equated with “less developed economy”: The latter, which relates to the degree of industrialization and economic productivity, is insufficient as a proxy for development as currently conceived, and so is insufficient for treatment of business responsibilities. Areas of ethical concern have grown in variety and complexity as understanding of development has changed from such narrow economic treatment in the era following World War II to the present. This entry traces that growth.

Since it is not apparent from the outset that business responsibility in general differs under differing conditions of development, this entry does not ...

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