Responsible Investment

CSR: profitable and responsible at the same time

May 10, 2013

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Tobias Gössling, received his PhD in Political Sciences from Witten/Herdecke University, Germany. He is now a member of the Tilburg Sustainability Center at Tilburg University and was a board member of the European Business Ethics Network. His main research focus is on the consequences of institutions, particularly in relation with collaboration and responsibility issues. He has also collectedhis observations about CSR in his book, “Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Performance: Theories and Evidence About Organizational Responsibility”[1]. Taking a positive approach, Gössling demonstrates that, under certain conditions, organizations can act responsibly and profitably at the same time. The book elaborates on these conditions and provides evidence for the assumed positive relation between responsibility and profitability.

The author uses analysis of the acceptance of corporate social responsibility policies across Europe, the consequences of CSR on motivation, commitment and absenteeism, and organizational responsibility and the bottom of the pyramid as evidence that organizations can be profitable and responsible at the same time.

References

  1. Gössling, Tobias. Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Performance: Theories and Evidence About Organizational Responsibility. Edward Elgar Pub, 2012.

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