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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Corporate social responsibility: Doing well by doing good
Author(s): Falck, Oliver
Heblich, Stephan
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Keywords: Corporate social responsibility
Society's basic order
Issue Date: May-2007
Date Deposited: 11-Feb-2013
Citation: Falck O & Heblich S (2007) Corporate social responsibility: Doing well by doing good. Business Horizons, 50 (3), pp. 247-254.
Abstract: Saving the rain forest from yet another palm oil plantation would certainly garner a company favorable attention from environmentalists, but how would its shareholders react? In this article, we show that by strategically practicing corporate social responsibility (CSR), a company can 'do well by doing good'; in other words, it can make a profit and make the world a better place at the same time. CSR is regarded as voluntary corporate commitment to exceed the explicit and implicit obligations imposed on a company by society's expectations of conventional corporate behavior. Hence, CSR is a way of promoting social trends in order to enhance society's basic order, which we define as consisting of obligations that cover both the legal framework and social conventions. Due to globalization, companies are now less constrained by society's basic order than they have been in the past. Because different countries have different laws and standards, there are more ways to get away with less than ideal behavior in the quest for greater and greater profits. Nearly everyone agrees that this is not a good thing, but what can be done? Via this article, we offer an understanding of CSR that could be the answer. Herein, we contend that practicing CSR is not altruistic do-gooding, but rather a way for both companies and society to prosper. This is especially true when CSR is conceived of as a long-range plan of action.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.bushor.2006.12.002
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