Corporate Social Responsibility in Trinidad and Tobago: Shaping the Agenda for Government Action

Richards, Melanie/J (2009) Corporate Social Responsibility in Trinidad and Tobago: Shaping the Agenda for Government Action. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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The practice of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Trinidad and Tobago has been described as being in its ‘embryonic stages’ with various academics and practitioners now beginning to contribute to the process of institutionalization of the field on the local business agenda. As this process continues to evolve and take shape, it has become apparent that the involvement of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in CSR is ‘still limited’.

It is this absence of Government’s involvement in CSR that provides the basis for the two primary objectives of this research. First, to understand and document the current state of government’s involvement in CSR in Trinidad and Tobago, as analyzed through a conceptual framework, which proposes ‘Five Key Roles for Government in Strengthening Corporate Social Responsibility’. Second, to make recommendations for the Government’s involvement in CSR through the development of an agenda for action within each of these key roles.

The research findings have identified and critically analysed the government’s limited role in corporate social responsibility as ‘director’, ‘exemplar’, ‘enabler’, ‘enforcer’ and ‘partner’ and revealed that while they have taken an important first step to include ‘socially responsible businesses’ as part of their vision to achieve developed nation status by the year 2020, they have not considered the development of any strategies or policy frameworks for the achievement of this vision.

Based on the findings identified through document analysis and interviews with key government officials, the research provides a number of recommendations for the government to move this vision from an aspiration to reality.

Finally it considers and recommends areas where there is potential for future research in expanding the body of literature associated with the role of government in strengthening corporate social responsibility in developing countries.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2010 09:52
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 15:04

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