Blog Archive for Corporate Social Responsibility Category

Virginia Harrison

‘I don’t consider myself a corporate fundraiser’ and other lessons from corporate relations officers

September 22, 2017

By Virginia Harrison, Penn State PhD student

This summer, I set out to better explain how corporate social responsibility (CSR) relationships affect the success of their nonprofit partners, thanks to a Page Center grant. Focusing on large public universities in the United States, I interviewed 13 corporate relations officers at higher education institutions about their experiences working with… More

Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed, Anli Xiao, Erica Hilton

Ghanaian telecommunications companies incorporate democratic principles in CSR practice

September 12, 2017

By Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed, Anli Xiao and Erica Hilton, PhD students at Penn State

The African nation Ghana is gradually working its way toward middle-income status. However its development does not manifest in the largely under-developed northern part of the country, ironically, where the largest number of non-governmental organization (NGOs) in the country are located. It is against… More


When planning CSR, engagement gets employees on board

September 5, 2017

When companies begin planning corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies, executives will want to get their stakeholders involved from the beginning, according to a recently published Page-funded study.

Published online this month in Public Relations Review, the study asked communication, CSR and sustainability managers from major U.S. companies how they viewed their company’s CSR initiatives and what, if… More

Virginia Harrison

Research in Progress: Serving the nonprofit in a CSR relationship

June 26, 2017

By Virginia Harrison, Penn State PhD student

A corporation will only sponsor your sports program if you give them exclusive business rights. A longtime corporate donor suddenly doesn’t want to give cash anymore; now they offer employee volunteers for a one-day event. Another corporation says they will give you a $1,000 grant—after you provide their employees with volunteer… More

Gregoria Yudarwati and Marianne Sison

Western values dominate CSR programs of multinational companies

June 19, 2017

By Gregoria Yudarwati, University Atma Jaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and Marianne Sison, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Multinational companies (MNCs) develop their corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy based on the values of their home countries with little input from the host countries in which they operate. However, local values are integrated to some extent at the implementation of CSR programs.

Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed, Anli Xiao and Erica Hilton

Research in Progress: Examining CSR efforts of mobile telecommunications companies in Ghana

June 13, 2017

By Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed, Anli Xiao and Erica Hilton, PhD students at Penn State

In Ghana and many other African countries, popular notions of corporate social responsibility (CSR) have focused on donations while ignoring issues of sustainability that should characterize CSR projects. Most CSR projects are short-term and only scratch the surface of social issues instead of contributing… More