Drivers of National Differences on Corporate Social Responsibility: The Role of Dominant Ethical Thought
39 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2018
Date Written: July 31, 2017
In this paper, we aim to extend the nascent literature on national differences in CSR that has only examined a small number of countries. We use data from a relatively new and under-utilized source, namely, Bloomberg data on ESG performance spanning 187 countries. To extend beyond GDP as an explanation of variation between countries, we examine and find support for alternative measures to GDP (i.e. measures of well-being) such as happiness, freedom, and social support, and conceptually link these measures to specific ethical frameworks.
Keywords: corporate social responsibility, ethics, institutional theory, values, well-being
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