Doing Business with Islam: Can Corporate Social Responsibility Be a Bridge between Civilisations?

45 Pages Posted: 31 May 2006

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Geoffrey Williams

Academy of Responsible Management

John Zinkin

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS)

Date Written: October 2005

Abstract

We investigate the differences in attitudes towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) between Muslims and non-Muslims. Using a sample of nearly 20,000 observations across 21 countries we show that Muslims are less concerned about CSR than non-Muslims and that these differences do not appear to be explained by demographics, socio-political factors or cultural differences. Nonetheless, Islamic teaching on business ethics is very much in line with the CSR agenda and Islamic laws require high standards from all stakeholders. We suggest that this paradox opens up an opportunity for the CSR paradigm to build bridges between the Muslim World and the West.

Keywords: Islam, Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Factors, Culture, Demographics

Suggested Citation

Williams, Geoffrey Alan and Zinkin, John, Doing Business with Islam: Can Corporate Social Responsibility Be a Bridge between Civilisations? (October 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=905184 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.905184

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
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Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

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