The Trends of CSR in China: An Actor-Focused Analysis Including the Cases of Huawei and the Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology (SEE)

  • Haifeng Huang
  • Julian Barg
  • Chunhong Sheng
Part of the CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance book series (CSEG)


This chapter analyzes the cases of Huawei’s CSR program and the Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology, a NGO organized by a group of companies, to explore the recent development of CSR in China. Three actors of central importance for recent trends are identified: the government, NGOs, and Chinese MNCs. An updated timeline is brought forward, which separates the introduction of CSR to China into a period of passive acceptance (1990s), learning and adoption (2000s), and active engagement (2010s). A promising trend is identified, with the limitation that second element of CSR, reducing the adverse effects of the company’s commercial activities, is not getting enough attention.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Haifeng Huang
    • 1
  • Julian Barg
    • 2
  • Chunhong Sheng
    • 3
  1. 1.Peking University HSBC Business SchoolUniversity Town, Nanshan District ShenzhenPR China
  2. 2.Ivey Business School, Western UniversityLondonCanada
  3. 3.China Center for Special Economic Zone StudiesShenzhen UniversityShenzhenChina

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