CSR Communications on Twitter: An Exploration into Stakeholder Reactions

  • Francisca Farache
  • Isobel Tetchner
  • Jana Kollat
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Governance, Leadership and Responsibility book series (PSGLR)


The chapter explores CSR communications on Twitter and examines stakeholder reactions to the communication approaches of global food and beverage brands. The purpose is to gain insights into how companies communicate CSR on Twitter and how stakeholders perceive such approaches. Over 3000 Tweets from three companies and their stakeholders were collected using purposive sampling and coded using content analysis. The analysis revealed that a higher CSR ranking (Global CSR RepTrak 100) is an indicator of a higher amount of CSR communications. Findings suggest that product-related initiatives are well received by stakeholders and that there is a desire for more communication about the responsibility of products. The study contributes to the academic literature as it found that none of the companies were seen to have a two-way symmetrical dialogue approach, instead that companies are using a selective-dialogue approach when communicating on Twitter. The paper concludes that a more open dialogic approach to CSR communications on Twitter is not only better perceived than broadcast type communication by stakeholders, but that using stakeholder insights from this platform can aid companies in making strategic CSR decisions.


CSR communication Twitter Stakeholder engagement Dialogue 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisca Farache
    • 1
  • Isobel Tetchner
    • 1
  • Jana Kollat
    • 2
  1. 1.Brighton Business SchoolBrightonUK
  2. 2.Leuphana UniversityLüneburgGermany

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