Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 103, Issue 3, pp 385–402 | Cite as

Directors’ Roles in Corporate Social Responsibility: A Stakeholder Perspective



We propose that corporate directors are important in helping organizations deal with two major issues of stakeholders. First, directors can help manage the interests of organizational stakeholders, and second, they assist in protecting the interests of their organizations as stakeholders in society. Their contribution can be conceptualized as the directors’ roles in corporate social responsibility (DR-CSR). We identify two types of DR-CSR, organization-centered and society-centered roles. Based on a study of 120 corporate directors, we observe that the more concern that corporate directors have for stakeholders, the more likely that they will perceive the need to perform their DR-CSR effectively.

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corporate directors corporate social responsibility roles stakeholders 


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  1. 1.Department of Management and MarketingHong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongChina

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