The benefits and suggestions to adopt CSR
The essay will discuss the topic of social responsibility. It will explain the how companies in controversial industry sectors maintain reasonable, socially responsible standards whilst making their strategic decision, and present what benefits they can gain from them. Throughout this essay, empirical research and examples from academic literature will be described to substantiate the discussion. This essay uses the definition of corporate social responsibility used by Enz (2010) conceptualizing CSR as‘ CSR is concerned with the integration of environmental, social, economic and ethical considerations into business strategies and practices’.
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It is possible to hypothesize that if a company is producing products that are harmful to society, it may be charged with failing to keep socially responsible. However, Hellsten and Mallin (2006) argue that people cannot think of a company is without controversy because some activities may pollute environments and perceptions differ across individuals and cultures. People also have different beliefs on what beneﬁts, and what does not beneﬁt society. Few firms can be considered non-controversial in all aspects. For example, legal medicines can save lives, however, some criticisms of ‘big pharma’ for its impact on prescribers and comments on drug efﬁcacy. (Schwartz 2003) The discussion is limited to the areas such as tobacco, alcohol and gambling, which are controversial, but are legal here.
Numerous studies emphasize the importance of corporate social responsibility in controversial industry sectors. Cai, Jo, and Pan (2012) find stocks from