Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility Policies in the United States of America

Camilleri, M.A. (2017). Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility Policies in the United States of America. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal. 8 (1), 77-93.

34 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2017 Last revised: 25 Feb 2017

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Mark Anthony Camilleri

University of Malta; University of Edinburgh

Date Written: February 8, 2017

Abstract

Purpose: The scope of this case study is to outline relevant regulatory guidelines on environmental, social and governance issues in the United States of America (USA or U.S.). This contribution includes a thorough analysis of several institutional frameworks and guiding principles that have been purposely developed to foster corporate citizenship behaviours.

Design/methodology/approach: A case study methodology involved a broad analysis of U.S. regulatory policies, voluntary instruments and soft laws that have stimulated organisations to implement and report their responsible behaviours.

Findings: This contribution ties the corporate citizenship behaviours with the institutional and stakeholder theories. The case study evaluated the USA’s federal government, bureaus and its agencies’ policies on human rights, health and social welfare, responsible supply chain and procurement of resources, anticorruption, bribery and fraudulent behaviours; energy and water conservation practices as well as environmental protection, among other issues.

Research limitations/implications: Past research may have not sufficiently linked corporate citizenship with the corporate social responsibility (CSR) paradigm. This research reports how different U.S. regulatory institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are pushing forward the social responsibility, environmental sustainability as well as the responsible corporate governance agenda.

Originality/value: This research critically analyses U.S. policy and regulatory instruments including relevant legislation and executive orders that are primarily intended to unlock corporate citizenship practices from business and industry. It has also provided a conceptual framework for the corporate citizenship notion. In conclusion, it implies that there are business and political cases for corporate citizenship.

Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility; Corporate Citizenship; United States of America; Policy; Business; Environmental Policy; Social Policy.

JEL Classification: J00; J3; J5; J7; J38; J58; J78; M00; M1; M2; M£; M4; M5

Suggested Citation

Camilleri, Mark, Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility Policies in the United States of America (February 8, 2017). Camilleri, M.A. (2017). Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility Policies in the United States of America. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal. 8 (1), 77-93. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2913484

Mark Camilleri (Contact Author)

University of Malta ( email )

Department of Corporate Communication,
Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences
Msida, MSD2080
Malta
79314808 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/markacamilleri

University of Edinburgh

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The Business School
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9JS
United Kingdom

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