Corporate Social Responsibility And The Foundation Of The Csr Pyramid

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Session Review 1
Throughout this 7 workshops in the first teaching block, this workshop “The Age of Management” have immediately caught my eyes. This is because as a business student, I am always interested where the corporate social responsibility (CSR) came from and why it is important to the business and to the society.
During the workshop, I learnt how to define CSR. CSR can be defined using the CSR pyramid by Carroll in 1979. “Corporate social responsibility encompasses the economic, legal, ethical, and discretionary (philanthropic) expectations that society has of organizations at a given point in time” (Carroll, 1979). Those include economic responsibility, legal responsibility, ethical responsibility and philanthropic responsibility which make up the levels of analysis. Economic sustainability is the foundation of the CSR pyramid; it suggests that business require to make profit but also satisfy the needs of the customers and consumers. (Carroll A. , 1911) The second responsibility is legal responsibility; it suggests that the business should follow the law and regulation by the government (Carroll A. , 1911). The third responsibility is ethical responsibility; this suggests that businesses should not only imposed by law but what is expected from the society as a whole. For example, the oil company Shell “the decision of the government was reversed for disposing of oil platform after a campaign and disagreement by the society and public.” (Dudovskiy, 2012). The last
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