Professors Kate Cooper and Rong Wang talk about their analysis on company social accountability (CSR) and reply questions on their paper, “From Reactionary to Revelatory: CSR Reporting in Response to the World Refugee Disaster,” printed in Enterprise & Society.
This analysis stems from a mission we started collectively whereas working as post-docs at Northwestern College in 2017. We discovered we had a number of pursuits in widespread – each of us have been fascinated about nonprofit organizations, in interorganizational collaboration or networks, and social impression. We had each labored for worldwide organizations earlier than starting our graduate research. Now, having accomplished our PhDs at College of Illinois (Kate) and College of Southern California (Rong), we discovered ourselves working collectively on a big analysis mission facilitated by the Community for Nonprofit and Social Influence (NNSI) lab at Northwestern.
At the moment, we have been consumed with the nationwide and worldwide headlines that detailed refugee motion around the globe in addition to among the coverage reactions to refugee points. Rong recommended that we examine the problem and, given our curiosity in interorganizational collaboration, we start by taking a look at how companies described their involvement in refugee points. In studying about how companies addressed – or didn’t deal with – refugee issues, we got here to see refugees as an “rising social difficulty.”
Rising social points are controversial or haven’t any public consensus, and, consequently, companies could draw back from addressing them of their social accountability efforts. Our exploration of refugee programming patterns resulted in a broadcast paper through which we launched a framework to discover how institutional and organizational elements form CSR programming in response the worldwide refugee disaster.
On this manuscript that seems in Enterprise & Society, we expanded our knowledge assortment to seize Fortune 500 CSR studies between 2012-2019. We have been significantly within the extent to which organizations described their applications, and whether or not they have been “coupled” with CSR insurance policies or outcomes – that’s, whether or not CSR implementation needs to be linked to company coverage (policy-practice coupling) or outcomes (means-ends coupling).
Questions on what and whom CSR applications are for are nonetheless up for debate. We discover either side of this argument in our paper, going into extra element in regards to the causes that companies could select to have interaction a social difficulty and the way they describe their motivations of their coverage statements. We additionally present examples of coupled and decoupled CSR applications from companies themselves.
Finally, we propose a typology that companies as reactionary, recurring, related, or revelatory, relying on whether or not they interact refugee points over time and whether or not their refugee program is coupled with coverage and/or impacts. We draw on a constitutive perspective to spotlight the facility of how companies body their efforts, suggesting that how companies speak about their efforts issues an excellent deal. We hope that this framework will be helpful in contemplating not simply how companies may interact refugee points, however in different rising social points comparable to gun management or reproductive rights.
For now, nonetheless, we’re persevering with our work on interorganizational responses to refugee points. We’re at the moment accumulating knowledge for a brand new mission that explores how nonprofit organizations reply to refugee wants.