How do multinationals build social capital? Evidence from Mexico
This paper looks at the self-reporting of social engagement by multinational firms in Mexico, mapping the configurations of declared engagement. Such social engagements are an important component of how these companies contribute to social capital in the communities within which they operate. We find high performance by some firms, with negligible performance by others. Strong performing sectors include pharmaceuticals & healthcare, other chemical products, and manufacturing. Two case studies - on Alcoa and Schlumberger - detailing different but successful approaches to social capital building are given.
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