Corporate social responsibility in Sub-Saharan Africa: hindering and supporting factors

Richard Nyuur, Daniel Ofori, Yaw Debrah

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In recent years, the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has gained recognition and importance in both business and political settings. While considerable research has been conducted on CSR in developed countries, the extant literature on CSR in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is scant and CSR is seen in terms of philanthropy. This paper aims to examine CSR from a broader perspective and in particular to identify the factors that hinder and promote CSR activities in SSA using the Smit (2009) CSR Value Chain Model. This paper is based on data obtained from a survey conducted by GTZ (now GIZ) on factors promoting and hindering CSR in SSA. The study surveyed 85 companies from six countries, namely; South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia. The study essentially examined the internal and external CSR environments of the companies in the participating countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-113
JournalAfrican Journal of Economic and Management Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2014


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