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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)Activities of Swedish Multinational Companies (MNCs) Contributing to Economic and Social Development in the Argentinean Society
Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics.
2004 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister)Student thesisAlternative title
Svenska multinationella företags CSR-aktiviteter som bidrar till ekonomisk och social utveckling i det argentinska samhället. (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Background: Stakeholders are expecting companies to take on a broader social responsibility. Swedish MNCs operating in Argentina and working actively with CSR face special challenges when implementing CSR activities in the local context. However, what is important is what the companies are doing in practice, not what they are saying in corporate reports.

Purpose: The purpose of the thesis is to examine how and why Swedish MNCs operating in Argentina and working actively and consciously with CSR on a corporate level, engage in CSR activities aimed at the society in Argentina.

Results: Ericsson and Tetra Pak engage in strategic business interest activities contributing with their core competences - communication technology and recycling of packages - to the poor and less educated. Astra Zeneca and ABB engage in corporate philanthropic activities, collaborating with children foundations and supporting a farm school respectively. ABB also engages in strategic CSR activities manufacturing an electrical device aimed at the poor. The most decisive motives for engaging in CSR activities is the social sensitivity of the people in the organization (Ericsson), achieving better community relations (ABB), and the demands of the mother companies (Astra Zeneca and Tetra Pak). Marketing benefits are not admitted as motives, but the MNCs are clearly aware of CSR's positive effects on the company image.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ekonomiska institutionen , 2004.
Master Thesis in Business Administration (Magisteruppsats från Internationella ekonomprogrammet), 2004:36
Keyword [en]
Business and economics, Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, multinational companies, Argentina, Sweden, developing countries, society, stakeholders
Keyword [sv]
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-2076OAI: diva2:19405
Available from: 2004-08-16 Created: 2004-08-16

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