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Corporate Social Responsibility through Cross-sector Partnerships: Implications for Civil Society, the State, and the Corporate Sector in India
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (English)In: Business and Society Review, ISSN 0045-3609, E-ISSN 1467-8594, ISSN 0045-3609, Vol. 120, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Corporations are increasingly forced to widen their agendas to include social and environmental concerns, or corporate social responsibility (CSR). This development has been recorded in the current academic debate, and the views regarding its implications for business, the state, and civil society diverge. However, there is agreement within the CSR and corporate governance literatures that there is a lack of thorough empirical studies of these effects. Based on a case study of the multinational wind energy company Suzlon Energy's CSR projects in rural India, this article contends that CSR projects implemented through cross-sector partnerships can help to build the capacities of civil society organizations (CSOs). Although the risk of corporate steering of the civil society agenda is reduced when CSR prioritizes community needs over business imperatives, CSOs tend to bear the highest costs in partnerships, through credibility losses and insecurity concerning project terms and funding, reinforcing the importance of critical cooperation and complementary core competencies in cross-sector partnerships. The results have implications for the strategies of corporations, CSOs, and governments as well as for the planning of national and international development aid.

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2015. Vol. 120, no 2
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corporate social responsibility, India, civil society
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Political Science
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125433DOI: 10.1111/basr.12055OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-125433DiVA: diva2:892816
Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2016-01-11 Last updated: 2016-01-12Bibliographically approved

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