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Non-governmental Organizations' Perceptions of Corporate Social Responsibility: Case of Turkey

Boz, Merve LU (2017) SIMV29 20162
Graduate School
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The studies about corporate social responsibility in developing countries are limited although it is seen as an effective tool for sustainable development. The existing literature about CSR in Turkey is business-driven and mostly focus on the motives and reasons for private enterprises to engage in CSR voluntarily without government regulations and law enforcements. Hence, recognizing the intensified role of non-governmental organizations in governance, this study makes an attempt to explore perceptions of NGOs about CSR in Turkey. For this purpose, a qualitative method was used and representatives from 6 different national NGOs were interviewed. To analyze the current practices of CSR in Turkey, Visser (2008)'s CSR pyramid was applied as... (More)
The studies about corporate social responsibility in developing countries are limited although it is seen as an effective tool for sustainable development. The existing literature about CSR in Turkey is business-driven and mostly focus on the motives and reasons for private enterprises to engage in CSR voluntarily without government regulations and law enforcements. Hence, recognizing the intensified role of non-governmental organizations in governance, this study makes an attempt to explore perceptions of NGOs about CSR in Turkey. For this purpose, a qualitative method was used and representatives from 6 different national NGOs were interviewed. To analyze the current practices of CSR in Turkey, Visser (2008)'s CSR pyramid was applied as it provides a hierarchical sequence for the dimensions of CSR in developing world. The findings of the study suggest that a common understanding of CSR does not exist among NGO representatives and they perceive the private sector as responsible for development and well-being of the community without referring to its legal and ethical obligations. Moreover, private enterprises are inclined to focus on "non-problematic themes" which makes it difficult for NGOs to fund projects aiming advocacy and human rights. Presenting an introductory evaluation of CSR in Turkey from national NGOs' perspectives, this study also provides some suggestions for further development of CSR. (Less)
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Boz, Merve LU
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SIMV29 20162
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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corporate social responsibility, NGO, Turkey, CSR partnerships, CSR pyramid
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English
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8900499
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  abstract     = {The studies about corporate social responsibility in developing countries are limited although it is seen as an effective tool for sustainable development. The existing literature about CSR in Turkey is business-driven and mostly focus on the motives and reasons for private enterprises to engage in CSR voluntarily without government regulations and law enforcements. Hence, recognizing the intensified role of non-governmental organizations in governance, this study makes an attempt to explore perceptions of NGOs about CSR in Turkey. For this purpose, a qualitative method was used and representatives from 6 different national NGOs were interviewed. To analyze the current practices of CSR in Turkey, Visser (2008)'s CSR pyramid was applied as it provides a hierarchical sequence for the dimensions of CSR in developing world. The findings of the study suggest that a common understanding of CSR does not exist among NGO representatives and they perceive the private sector as responsible for development and well-being of the community without referring to its legal and ethical obligations. Moreover, private enterprises are inclined to focus on "non-problematic themes" which makes it difficult for NGOs to fund projects aiming advocacy and human rights. Presenting an introductory evaluation of CSR in Turkey from national NGOs' perspectives, this study also provides some suggestions for further development of CSR.},
  author       = {Boz, Merve},
  keyword      = {corporate social responsibility,NGO,Turkey,CSR partnerships,CSR pyramid},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Non-governmental Organizations' Perceptions of Corporate Social Responsibility: Case of Turkey},
  year         = {2017},
}