Are the corporate social responsibility matters based on good intentions or false pretences? An empirical study of the motivations behind the issuing of CSR reports by UK companies

Samuel O. Idowu, Ioanna Papasolomou

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Abstract

Purpose - This paper documents the motivations of modern corporations in issuing corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports to their stakeholders. It further demonstrates why these entities have suddenly become more moral or ethical. Design/methodology/approach - An empirical methodology was used to gather and analyse the required information from companies drawn from two sectors of the capital market. Findings - The study results suggest that UK companies have different reasons for issuing CSR reports, for instance; in response to an increasing number of stakeholders requesting information on CSR, companies believe that doing so is good for business, to derive positive public relations benefits, to comply with the government's request for them to issue information on CSR, etc. Originality/value - Information on corporate entities' CSR activities is considered to be valuable by both academic researchers and business managers as it provides a working framework on which future studies can be based. In addition, it improves understanding of the social obligations which corporate entities owe to their stakeholders and society in general.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-147
Number of pages12
JournalCorporate Governance
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Business policy
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Reports
  • United Kingdom

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