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An Insight into Corporate Social Responsibility in Senegal

Van Egdom, Merel Jasmijn LU (2013) SIMV24 20131
Department of Human Geography
Master of Science in Development Studies
Graduate School
Abstract
Over the past decades, the notion of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been renowned and identified as being able to significantly contribute to poverty alleviation and development. Yet, research on CSR in developing countries remains rather scarce. This thesis presents a preliminary empirical assessment of the nature of CSR in Senegal. Through an embedded mixed method design, both broad numeric trends and detailed views are collected on CSR practices and drivers of companies that are considered to be active in CSR in Senegal. The findings of this thesis revealed that CSR mainly remains the domain of multinational companies and that companies manifest different meanings and practices of CSR. Driven by moral and ethical motivations,... (More)
Over the past decades, the notion of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been renowned and identified as being able to significantly contribute to poverty alleviation and development. Yet, research on CSR in developing countries remains rather scarce. This thesis presents a preliminary empirical assessment of the nature of CSR in Senegal. Through an embedded mixed method design, both broad numeric trends and detailed views are collected on CSR practices and drivers of companies that are considered to be active in CSR in Senegal. The findings of this thesis revealed that CSR mainly remains the domain of multinational companies and that companies manifest different meanings and practices of CSR. Driven by moral and ethical motivations, the majority of the companies perceived CSR to constitute of philanthropic responsibilities, while a small share employed a more integrated and comprehensive interpretation of CSR. Even though they are based on good intentions, CSR practices tend to focus primarily on a limited number of issues and stakeholders, making the CSR activities of the majority of companies rather meagre and sparse. However, due to the absence of an enabling environment in which CSR could be leveraged, this thesis argues that the findings should be qualified within the existing contextual realities and supports the belief that such contextual realities influence the nature of CSR. (Less)
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author
Van Egdom, Merel Jasmijn LU
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organization
course
SIMV24 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), drivers, practices, Senegal, developing countries.
language
English
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3990925
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2013-08-23 08:24:42
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  abstract     = {Over the past decades, the notion of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been renowned and identified as being able to significantly contribute to poverty alleviation and development. Yet, research on CSR in developing countries remains rather scarce. This thesis presents a preliminary empirical assessment of the nature of CSR in Senegal. Through an embedded mixed method design, both broad numeric trends and detailed views are collected on CSR practices and drivers of companies that are considered to be active in CSR in Senegal. The findings of this thesis revealed that CSR mainly remains the domain of multinational companies and that companies manifest different meanings and practices of CSR. Driven by moral and ethical motivations, the majority of the companies perceived CSR to constitute of philanthropic responsibilities, while a small share employed a more integrated and comprehensive interpretation of CSR. Even though they are based on good intentions, CSR practices tend to focus primarily on a limited number of issues and stakeholders, making the CSR activities of the majority of companies rather meagre and sparse. However, due to the absence of an enabling environment in which CSR could be leveraged, this thesis argues that the findings should be qualified within the existing contextual realities and supports the belief that such contextual realities influence the nature of CSR.},
  author       = {Van Egdom, Merel Jasmijn},
  keyword      = {Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR),drivers,practices,Senegal,developing countries.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {An Insight into Corporate Social Responsibility in Senegal},
  year         = {2013},
}