Understanding and Developing Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility

Organizational Dynamics, Vol. 37, pp. 125-144, 2008

20 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2008


Over the last decade, there has been considerable debate over whether organizations have a corporate social responsibility (CSR), as well as whether socially responsible initiatives predict subsequent financial performance. Business leaders are increasingly concerned with how their organizations can grow and thrive from addressing societal challenges. Strategic CSR can benefit organizations through growth in market share and organizational learning, as well as more committed and engaged employees, supportive external stakeholders, and positive investor relations. We discuss how organizations around the world are prospering by proactively engaging with social and environmental challenges. Seven strategic CSR principles, illustrated by 21 exemplars of strategic CSR initiatives, are outlined. These principles should not be interpreted as a checklist of best practices, but rather as a stimulus for designing financially viable and prudent CSR initiatives, given each organization's combination of mission, resources, challenges, and opportunities.

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability

Suggested Citation

Heslin, Peter A. and Ochoa, Jenna D., Understanding and Developing Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility. Organizational Dynamics, Vol. 37, pp. 125-144, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1149001

Peter A. Heslin (Contact Author)

UNSW Sydney ( email )

UNSW Business School
High St

Jenna D. Ochoa

Corporate Relief Pharmacist ( email )

Dallas, TX
United States

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