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Corporate Citizenship, Social Responsibility, and Sustainability Reports as “Would-be” Narratives

Corporate Citizenship, Social Responsibility, and Sustainability Reports as “Would-be” Narratives Abstract Corporate citizenship, social responsibility and sustainability reports could be analyzed from a philosophical viewpoint. In this article, we will use Paul Ricoeur’s hermeneutic philosophy to assess the narrativity of such reports. Out of a philosophical viewpoint, our exploratory study analyzes the contents of ten reports: two corporate citizenship reports (Disney; Abbott), three corporate social responsibility reports (WhiteWave; Comcast NBCUniversal; MGM Resorts International), and five sustainability reports (Whole Foods Market; Marriott; Johnson & Johnson; Toyota; Honda). Those reports are arising in-time and are thus referring to past corporate events and phenomena (past-focused perspective). Sometimes such reports introduce a corporate world-dream that could emphasize various issues such as human dignity and inclusiveness/diversity, global health, and planetary stewardship (future-focused perspective). They could even convey a subversive ideal that could strongly shake the foundations of business. The way business corporations are understanding corporate citizenship and sustainability could, more or less radically, change the way we are doing business. However, those corporate citizenship, social responsibility and sustainability reports do not have any emplotment. They are thus stories that cannot be considered as narratives. We could call them “would-be” narratives. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Humanistic Management Journal Springer Journals

Corporate Citizenship, Social Responsibility, and Sustainability Reports as “Would-be” Narratives

Humanistic Management Journal , Volume 2 (1): 20 – Oct 1, 2017

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
2017 Springer International Publishing
ISSN
2366-603X
eISSN
2366-6048
DOI
10.1007/s41463-017-0022-x
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Abstract

Abstract Corporate citizenship, social responsibility and sustainability reports could be analyzed from a philosophical viewpoint. In this article, we will use Paul Ricoeur’s hermeneutic philosophy to assess the narrativity of such reports. Out of a philosophical viewpoint, our exploratory study analyzes the contents of ten reports: two corporate citizenship reports (Disney; Abbott), three corporate social responsibility reports (WhiteWave; Comcast NBCUniversal; MGM Resorts International), and five sustainability reports (Whole Foods Market; Marriott; Johnson & Johnson; Toyota; Honda). Those reports are arising in-time and are thus referring to past corporate events and phenomena (past-focused perspective). Sometimes such reports introduce a corporate world-dream that could emphasize various issues such as human dignity and inclusiveness/diversity, global health, and planetary stewardship (future-focused perspective). They could even convey a subversive ideal that could strongly shake the foundations of business. The way business corporations are understanding corporate citizenship and sustainability could, more or less radically, change the way we are doing business. However, those corporate citizenship, social responsibility and sustainability reports do not have any emplotment. They are thus stories that cannot be considered as narratives. We could call them “would-be” narratives.

Journal

Humanistic Management JournalSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 1, 2017

Keywords: Ethics; Quality of Life Research

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