Religion and Attitudes to Corporate Social Responsibility in a Large Cross-Country Sample

23 Pages Posted: 31 May 2006

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Stephen J. Brammer

University of Bath - School of Management

Geoffrey Williams

Academy of Responsible Management

John Zinkin

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS)

Date Written: December 2005

Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between religious denomination and individual attitudes to corporate social responsibility within the context of a large sample of over 17,000 individuals drawn from 20 countries. We address two general questions: do members of religious denominations have different attitudes concerning CSR than people of no denomination? And: do members of different religions have different attitudes to CSR that conform to general priors about the teachings of different religions? Our evidence suggests that, broadly, religious individuals do tend to hold broader conceptions of the social responsibilities of businesses than non-religious individuals. However, we show that this neither true for all religious groups, nor for all areas of corporate social responsibility.

Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility, Religion

Suggested Citation

Brammer, Stephen and Williams, Geoffrey Alan and Zinkin, John, Religion and Attitudes to Corporate Social Responsibility in a Large Cross-Country Sample (December 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=905182 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.905182

Stephen Brammer

University of Bath - School of Management ( email )

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

Geoffrey Alan Williams (Contact Author)

Academy of Responsible Management

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Kuala Lumpur, 50470
Malaysia

John Zinkin

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) ( email )

Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

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