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Title: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the United Arab Emirates
Authors: Far, Vajiheh Sajadi
Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue Date: May-2013
Publisher: The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
Abstract: Corporations are under the lens of media across the world and variety of headings, contexts and acronyms have a vivid debate and questioning the role of businesses today and the balance of power among institutions. The nature of debate varies across the countries despite the simulated processes and the confluence of so called “CSR” practices under the influence of globalisation. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has gained an increasingly high attention in recent years. CSR can be defined as the ways in which businesses align their values and behaviors with their various stakeholders such as employees, suppliers, customers, government and other societal interests on whom their operation may have an impact. This dissertation is an attempt to examine and understand the undertaken practices by Governmental, Semi-Governmental and private entities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the notion of CSR through a qualitative method of primary data and face-to-face interviews as well as extensive academic literature research. This research also provides an overview of CSR definitions, tools, motivators, barriers and practices in this region as well as CSR initiatives in various developing economies and provides two sets of recommendations for CSR globally and for the organizations in the UAE. The results of this research show that CSR awareness is growing in the country and it is shifting from philanthropy based and moving towards a more expansive CSR strategy. This study proposes that the link between HRM and CSR policies should be fostered and it can help to integrate CSR into the firm’s DNA as HRM acts as a key organizational leader and can translate CSR commitments horizontally and vertically across the organization.
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