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Corporate Governance

ISSN: 1472-0701

Online from: 2001

Subject Area: Business Ethics and Law

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Corporate social responsibility in Ireland: barriers and opportunities experienced by SMEs when undertaking CSR


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Title:Corporate social responsibility in Ireland: barriers and opportunities experienced by SMEs when undertaking CSR
Author(s):Lorraine Sweeney, (Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland.)
Citation:Lorraine Sweeney, (2007) "Corporate social responsibility in Ireland: barriers and opportunities experienced by SMEs when undertaking CSR", Corporate Governance, Vol. 7 Iss: 4, pp.516 - 523
Keywords:Corporate social responsibility, Ireland, Small to medium-sized enterprises, Stakeholder analysis
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/14720700710820597 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

PurposeThe corporate social responsibility (CSR) movement has gathered great momentum over the past number of years and is now regarded as being at its most prevalent. However, there has been a lack of attention to, and discussion of, CSR in Ireland and in relation to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The purpose of this paper is to overcome both of these research gaps and provide deep understanding of the nature of CSR in Ireland. Specifically this research aims to uncover the difference between large firms and SMEs operating in Ireland with regard to their understanding of CSR, the type of CSR activities undertaken and the management of CSR. In addition, this research analyses the barriers and opportunities experienced by SMEs when undertaking CSR.

Design/methodology/approachThis paper reviews the relevant literature of CSR. Then, through semi-structured in-depth interviews with 13 firms, this study analyses CSR from both a large firm and an SME perspective in an Irish context.

FindingsThis paper highlights the way in which firms operating in Ireland define CSR. It differentiates between the management and activities of CSR among SMEs and large firms and uncovers barriers and opportunities experienced by SMEs when undertaking CSR.

Originality/valueIt is hoped that this paper provides initial insights into the nature of CSR in Ireland.



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