scispace - formally typeset
Open AccessJournal ArticleDOI

Defining the Role Engagement of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Benjamin James Inyang
- 17 Apr 2013 - 
- Vol. 6, Iss: 5, pp 123
Reads0
Chats0
TLDR
In this paper, the authors defined the nature of SMEs, the aggregate contributions of the sector to economies of both developed and developing nations and their role engagement in CSR, and recommended increased resources, training programmes, development of SME-oriented tools and standards to guide adoption and implementation, and government intervention strategies to create the necessary incentives and support services for effective engagement.
Abstract
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) discourse, academic research, public policy and media commentaries, which have burgeoned in the past few decades in response to the desire to define the nexus between business and society tended to focus mainly on large corporate organizations which are expected to behave responsibly. The big businesses have for years attracted large volume of literature on CSR. Very little literature is currently available to enhance our understanding about the engagement of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in CSR. The SMEs, often defined variously, in terms of turnover, gross asset value, ownership structure and the number of employees, is a significant sector worldwide in terms of economic, environmental and the social impact they make. This paper attempted to bridge this apparent research gulf, defined the nature of SMEs, the aggregate contributions of the sector to economies of both developed and developing nations and their role engagement in CSR. The study adopted qualitative literature survey method. A review of the paltry literature provided insight and defined the direction of research in this important and underexplored area of study. SMEs were found to perform roles associated with community development, employee initiatives, consumerism, environmental actions and supply chain requirements. To overcome the constraints confronting SMEs engagement in CSR initiatives the paper recommended increased resources, training programmes, development of SMEs-oriented tools and standards to guide adoption and implementation, and government intervention strategies to create the necessary incentives and support services for effective engagement.

read more

Content maybe subject to copyright    Report

Citations
More filters
Journal ArticleDOI

Corporate social responsibility disclosure in small and medium-sized entities and large companies

TL;DR: In this paper, the authors evaluate the disclosure practices of 57 Portuguese companies of different sizes (small, medium, large) by means of thematic content analysis and an index of disclosure (calculated according to company type and stakeholder type) and analyze whether business characteristics influence CSR disclose strategies.
Journal ArticleDOI

Involving financial service providers in supply chain finance practices: Company needs and service requirements

TL;DR: In this paper, the authors analyzed the reasons to involve financial service providers (FSPs) in the integrated management of supply chain flows through supply chain finance (SCF) practices.
Journal ArticleDOI

Participative leadership and organizational identification in SMEs in the MENA Region: testing the roles of CSR perceptions and pride in membership

TL;DR: In this article, the authors explore the process linking participative leadership to organizational identification and investigate the role that pride in membership plays in the affiliation of CSR perceptions with organizational identification.
Journal ArticleDOI

Corporate social responsibility: Trends in global reporting initiative standards

TL;DR: In this article, a trend analysis for all continents exploring the mean change in all sectors in both large multinational and small medium sized enterprises with global reporting responsibilities for the period 1999-2017 is presented and discussed.

Corporate social responsibility motivations in Zambian SMEs

TL;DR: In this article, the authors examined the motivations of different forms of corporate social responsibility (CSR) by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in an under-researched Sub-Saharan African country, Zambia.
References
More filters
Journal Article

Strategy and society: the link between competitive advantage and corporate social responsibility.

TL;DR: A fundamentally new way is proposed to look at the relationship between business and society that does not treat corporate growth and social welfare as a zero-sum game and introduces a framework that individual companies can use to identify the social consequences of their actions.
Journal ArticleDOI

Corporate Social Responsibility: Evolution of a Definitional Construct

TL;DR: In this article, the authors trace the evolution of the concept and definition of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and present an interesting history associated with the evolution and evolution of CSR.
Journal ArticleDOI

How corporate social responsibility is defined: an analysis of 37 definitions

TL;DR: In this paper, five dimensions of CSR are developed through a content analysis of existing CSR definitions, and frequency counts are used to analyse how often these dimensions are invoked, concluding that the existing definitions are to a large degree congruent.
Journal ArticleDOI

Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategic Implications*

TL;DR: In this paper, a variety of perspectives on corporate social responsibility (CSR) are described, which are used to develop a framework for consideration of the strategic implications of CSR. Based on this framework, an agenda for additional theoretical and empirical research on CSR is proposed.
Related Papers (5)