What is it about?

The purpose of this article is to evaluate the scope of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and ‘Social Value Initiatives’ (SVIs) among corporations. Nowadays, CSR provides firms with an opportunity to provide community social need through discretionary corporate practices. This article contributes to knowledge on how firms approach social and environmental sustainability while maintaining economic responsibility.

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Why is it important?

The study suggest that both social and commercial enterprises focus on the adoption of the ‘CSR’ practices based on the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ (TBL) as defined in the ‘Elkington, 1997 framework’ of economic, environmental and social sustainability. The difference is that while the ‘SVIs’ of commercial enterprises develop as an operational strategy at the later stages of the business, the ‘SVIs’ of social enterprises are embedded during the enterprise creation stage.


Based on the findings, this article develops a conceptual ‘Social Value Initiatives’ framework which forms the domain of social value practices. We suggest that future studies should focus on adopting qualitative-oriented primary research to explore CSR approaches, which will capture the views of management, customers, employees and shareholders.

Professor Nnamdi O Madichie
Nnamdi Azikiwe University

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This page is a summary of: The Evaluation of CSR and Social Value Practices Among UK Commercial and Social Enterprises, Entrepreneurial Business and Economics Review, January 2018, Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakowie - Krakow University of Economics, DOI: 10.15678/eber.2018.060102.
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