This essay discusses the perplexities and challenges of corporate social responsibility CSR. His question helps set the tone for the topic of corporate social responsibility as a vital part of the Essential Knowledge Project. High performance and high integrity are good for the bottom line.
Received Dec 21; Accepted Feb Abstract Since scholarly interest in corporate social responsibility CSR has primarily focused on the synergies between social and economic performance, our understanding of how and the conditions under which companies use CSR to produce policy outcomes that work against public welfare has remained comparatively underdeveloped.
In particular, little is known about how corporate decision-makers privately reconcile the conflicts between public and private interests, even though this is likely to be relevant to understanding the limitations of CSR as a means of aligning business activity with the broader public interest.
Our analysis has three implications for research and practice. Second, it illustrates the importance of focusing on the political aims and effects of CSR. Third, by showing how CSR practices are used to stymie evidence-based government regulation, the article underlines the importance of highlighting and developing matrices to assess the negative social impacts of CSR.
Corporate social responsibility, Political CSR, Techniques of neutralization, Stakeholder management, Corporate political activity Introduction Notwithstanding attempts by public institutions such as the European Commission see, for example, Commission of the European Communities,to define corporate social responsibility CSRthe absence of a widely agreed framework on CSR, which specifies minimum outcome-based standards of social performance, creates an enabling milieu for socially harmful companies which externalise many of their costs to pass themselves off as socially responsible.
This is despite exporting military hardware to oppressive regimes and allegedly using bribes in the sale of arms to developing countries Leigh and Evans ; R v BAE Systems PLC, and campaign against the arms trade, undated.
Specifically, this study suggests that BAT and Philip Morris use CSR politically to prevent the introduction of legally enforceable tobacco control measures which have a proven record of effectiveness in reducing tobacco consumption.
In this last respect, existing research shows how BAT, the subject of this study, and other transnational tobacco companies have promoted three key self-regulatory initiatives through their CSR programmes CSRPsnamely: By aiming to replace forms of corporate governance that are strongly associated with improved public health outcomes with alternatives for which there is no evidence of effectiveness, these initiatives raise two questions which have potentially far-reaching significance for the contemporary governance of CSR.
What do tobacco industry executives think about using CSR against the public welfare and how do these ways of thinking shape, and work within, CSRPs? Methodology This article aims to address these questions using tobacco industry documents made publicly available http: An iterative approach was taken to searching the archive.
Initial searches used broad terms such as social reporting and CSR, and the documents returned from these searches were used to identify narrower search terms, such as the names of key individuals.
Searches were performed between April and July In total, search terms were used to retrieve 7, documents many of which were duplicates.
From these, over 1, documents were studied in detail and indexed. Comments contained in emails, presentation notes and strategy papers, for instance, may be capable of multiple interpretations, may not represent the views of all senior managers and can be coloured by personal ambition and office politics.
We address some of the problems associated with documentary data by cross-referencing material contained in internal correspondence including presentation notes and strategy papers with an analysis of interviews with senior BAT head office staff undertaken by the market research company, Research International RI.
RI carried out 12 in depth interviews in December under the Market Research Society code which is designed to ensure confidentiality and, therefore, optimises the likelihood of responses reflecting honestly held beliefs Research International, app.
In this article, we show how corporate decision-makers, when facing a combination of social censure and increased regulatory risk manifestations of declining political authorityat first reject and then contest the arguments of policy entrepreneurs and reform minded policymakers using techniques of neutralization in a process that we model into three stages see Fig.Contents and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility: Solutions.
Creating Shared Value. Paul Bulcke, CEO Nestlé SA, Switzerland Our proposed solution to broaden the scope of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and overcome its limits starts with three premises: 1. A long-term approach in all our thinking and actions. 2. 8 GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY by John J.
Falcetta. INTRODUCTION. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a business model that integrates self-regulatory mechanisms into. The aim of this paper is to analyze to what extent corporate social responsibility (CSR) contributes to strong sustainability, i.e.
to what extent the use of natural resources and the environment is possible, given the current level of economic activity. Corporate Social Responsibility: Corporate social responsibility (CSR) refers to companies taking responsibility for steps and action which they take and their impacts on society.
In other words Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the responsibility that modern business organisations have to creating a healthy and prosperous society. The Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility: Techniques of Neutralization, Stakeholder Management and Political CSR.
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY IN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT 1 Acknowledgments This paper draws on a background paper by the same authors entitled Corporate Social Responsibility and African Development and a subsequent forum on this topic hosted in Beijing on May 20‐21st by the Institute of West‐Asian and African Studies of the Chinese Academy. Contents and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility: Solutions. Creating Shared Value. Paul Bulcke, CEO Nestlé SA, Switzerland Our proposed solution to broaden the scope of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and overcome its limits starts with three premises: 1. A long-term approach in all our thinking and actions. 2. Fully integrating a clear and constructive understanding of our role. Since scholarly interest in corporate social responsibility The Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility: Techniques of Neutralization, Stakeholder Management and Political CSR. Authors; greater levels of ignorance over tobacco and health ‘issues’ gave BAT a ‘much better chance of being able to manage the situation.
corporate social responsibility (CSR) In general, the conviction that corporations are not only of business aﬃrms that society’s limits will be scrupulously obeyed, even if the ﬁne is only one dollar. the chances that society itself will.