Corporate Social Responsibility ( Csr ) Essay

1478 Words Dec 11th, 2016 6 Pages
Corporate social responsibility has been a fixture in the business world for decades, and has become embedded in many universities as higher education leaders seek alternative ways to achieve sustainability (Weiss, 2016). Social Responsibility can be defined as a code of conduct and action beyond what is required by laws and regulations when running a particular organisation. As organizations do not operate in a vacuum, their activities will impact their surroundings which include their stakeholders, society, and other influenced parties (Nejati et al., 2011). Universities are a crucial part of modern society, and inescapably benefit from the communities in which they are based. A good university will look at finding ways to give back to the community in terms of being socially responsible. So what does it mean for a University to be socially responsible?
“Abstract History suggests that the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been practiced in the UK for well over two hundred years.” Idowu et al. (2009). A lot has been discussed and put into writing when it comes to CSR from a business organization’s perspective, but not the same can be said about University Social Responsibility - USR. The basic concept of USR is to maintain a healthy relationship with all university’s stakeholders. These include staff, students, parents, local and international community. The concept furthers to maximize university’s benefits to its stakeholders and minimize any detrimental…

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