Corporate Charitable Giving, Multinational Companies and Countries of Concern

22 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2009

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Stephen J. Brammer

University of Bath - School of Management

Stephen Pavelin

University of Bath - School of Management; University of Reading - Department of Economics

Lynda A. Porter

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

This paper investigates the degree to which corporate charitable giving is influenced by a firm's internationalization and/or whether it has operations in one or more countries of concern. For a sample of large UK firms, we find evidence of a positive effect not for internationalization per se, but only for a presence in particular countries. In this connection, the salient country characteristic is a lack of political rights and/or civil liberties, and the positive impact on charitable giving is restricted to a presence in only those countries that are, according to Freedom House indicators, most lacking in this respect. Furthermore, our study highlights a mode of corporate response to stakeholder concerns and pressures – offsetting – that is qualitatively different from those suggested in earlier conceptual literatures.

Suggested Citation

Brammer, Stephen and Pavelin, Stephen and Porter, Lynda A., Corporate Charitable Giving, Multinational Companies and Countries of Concern. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 46, Issue 4, pp. 575-596, June 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1396459 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2008.00827.x

Stephen Brammer (Contact Author)

University of Bath - School of Management ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom
01225 826826, ext. 5685 (Phone)

Stephen Pavelin

University of Bath - School of Management ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

University of Reading - Department of Economics ( email )

Reading, RG6 6AA
United Kingdom

Lynda A. Porter

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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