Engaging firms: The global organisational field for corporate social responsibility and national varieties of capitalism

Favotto, A. , Kollman, K. and Bernhagen, P. (2016) Engaging firms: The global organisational field for corporate social responsibility and national varieties of capitalism. Policy and Society, 35(1), pp. 13-27. (doi: 10.1016/j.polsoc.2015.12.003)

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This article examines the relationship between national varieties of capitalism and firm engagement with the norms and best practices promoted within the global organisational field for corporate social responsibility (CSR). Using a content analysis of the CSR reports of US and European firms, we show that firms from the coordinated market economies (CME) of Europe engage more substantively with labour and human rights than their US counterparts that operate in a liberal market economy (LME). The environmental commitments of firms in both regions, however, are more developed than practices related to these social issues. These findings support the view that CSR is more developed in CMEs than LMEs, but limit this support to social CSR issues. We posit that firms’ higher levels of engagement with environmental CSR likely reflect the extent to which environmental norms have become embedded in global markets rather than how CSR is promoted by national capitalist systems.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Favotto, Dr Alvise and Kollman, Professor Kelly
Authors: Favotto, A., Kollman, K., and Bernhagen, P.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Policy and Society
Publisher:Elsevier BV
ISSN (Online):1839-3373
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Policy and Society 35(1):13-27
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
538561Borderless Politics: Corporate Lobbying in Multiple ArenasKelly KollmanEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/I036974/1SPS - POLITICS