Corporate charitable giving, multinational companies and countries of concern

Stephen J. Brammer, Stephen Pavelin*, Lynda A. Porter

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Abstract

This paper investigates the degree to which corporate charitable giving is influenced by a firm's internationalization and/or whether it has operations in one or more countries of concern. For a sample of large UK firms, we find evidence of a positive effect not for internationalization per se, but only for a presence in particular countries. In this connection, the salient country characteristic is a lack of political rights and/or civil liberties, and the positive impact on charitable giving is restricted to a presence in only those countries that are, according to Freedom House indicators, most lacking in this respect. Furthermore, our study highlights a mode of corporate response to stakeholder concerns and pressures – offsetting – that is qualitatively different from those suggested in earlier conceptual literatures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-596
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Volume46
Issue number4
Early online date2 Apr 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • SOCIAL-RESPONSIBILITY
  • STAKEHOLDER THEORY
  • ORGANIZATIONAL LEGITIMACY
  • SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
  • FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
  • BUSINESS CITIZENSHIP
  • ENVIRONMENTAL-POLICY
  • UNITED-KINGDOM
  • HUMAN-RIGHTS
  • REPUTATION

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