Corporate Social Responsibility in Malawi: Antecedents, Issues, Practices and Future Directions

Andrew Ngawenja Mzembe, Yvonne Downs, Julia Meaton

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Abstract

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Malawi is becoming a significant issue not only because of the complexity of the social, economic and political environment in which companies operate, but also because of the social and environmental impacts which business operations have on the wider Malawian society. In this chapter, it is shown that the CSR agenda currently pursued by companies in Malawi takes both the normative and instrumental forms, and is largely shaped by the political and socio-economical factors at national and global levels. The chapter is structured as follows: the first section addresses the historical development of CSR and perceptions various actors hold about the forms of responsibilities companies can assume in Malawi; a discussion of the various antecedents of CSR in Malawi. This is followed by an intermediate section which provides CSR themes and priority issues. The final two sections explore the different approaches companies pursue in the implementation of CSR agendas—but also examine the perceived barriers to CSR in Malawi. The chapter concludes by mapping out the future prospects of CSR in Malawi.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCorporate Social Responsibility in Sub-Saharan Africa
Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Development in its Embryonic Form
EditorsStephen Vertigans, Samuel Idowu, Rene Schmidpeter
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages3-29
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319266688
ISBN (Print)9783319266671
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2016

Publication series

NameCSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance
PublisherSpringer
ISSN (Print)2196-7075

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    Mzembe, A. N., Downs, Y., & Meaton, J. (2016). Corporate Social Responsibility in Malawi: Antecedents, Issues, Practices and Future Directions. In S. Vertigans, S. Idowu, & R. Schmidpeter (Eds.), Corporate Social Responsibility in Sub-Saharan Africa: Sustainable Development in its Embryonic Form (pp. 3-29). (CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-26668-8_1, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-26668-8