Hsbc Corporate Social Responsibility Case Study

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Introduction and Background

Organisations’ management strategies and practices affecting environmental, ethical, social and global aspects have evolved significantly and the responsibilities of an organisation to society are those that arise in the concept of Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR).
CSR can be defined as “the responsibility of an organisation for the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and the environment, through transparent and ethical behaviour (ACCSR, 2016). Though CSR is not compulsory, it is expected and issuing regular CSR reports detailing social and environmental performance is considered best practice (Carroll 2004, 116).
HSBC was established in 1865 and its named derived from founding member, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. HSBC is one of the largest Banking and Financial Institutions in the world, operating in 71 countries across the globe and crossing multiple jurisdictions (HSBC Group 2016). Because of this they are under immense pressure from stakeholders and society globally, to adopt and conduct business in consideration of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
This essay analyses HSBC’s CSR from a case against and case for perspective, paying particular attention to the environment
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Stakeholders as: investors, shareholders and employees are impacted by HSBC’s failure to fulfil corporate values and moral obligations in addition to investing/lending their money indiscriminately. Furthermore, the media reporting on this matter and special interest groups including Global Witness, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, Environmental Investigation Agency, were forced to take action against HSBC and it is these stakeholders with the power and urgency to cause detriment to HSBC’s business and reputation (Archee, et al. 2015,

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