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Benchmarking of corporate social responsibility: Methodological problems and robustness

  • Graafland, J.J.
  • Eijffinger, S.C.W.
  • Smid, H.

This paper investigates the possibilities and problems of benchmarking Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). After a methodological analysis of the advantages and problems of benchmarking, we develop a benchmark method that includes economic, social and environmental aspects as well as national and international aspects of CSR. The overall benchmark is based on a weighted average of these aspects. The weights are based on the opinions of companies and NGO’s. Using different methods of weighting, we find that the outcome of the benchmark is rather robust for a sample of more than 50 large Dutch companies.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 20771.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Business Ethics 53.1-2(2004): pp. 137-152
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:20771
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  1. Eijffinger, Sylvester C.W. & Geraats, Petra M., 2006. "How transparent are central banks?," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 22(1), pages 1-21, March.
  2. Graafland, J.J. & Ven van de, B. & Stoffele, N., 2003. "Strategies and instruments for organising CSR by small and large businesses in the Netherlands," MPRA Paper 20754, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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  4. Graafland, J.J., 2002. "Modelling the trade-off between profits and principles," MPRA Paper 20752, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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