The Leading Spirits and Beer Companies and Corporate Social Responsibility

Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393, Hillier, David and Comfort, Daphne (2013) The Leading Spirits and Beer Companies and Corporate Social Responsibility. Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, 13 (3). pp. 249-260. doi:10.1108/CG-03-2011-0023

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The purpose of this paper is to provide an exploratory general review of both the corporate social responsibility (CSR) agendas being publicly reported by the world's leading spirits and beer producers and the nature of their reporting CSR processes, and then to offer some wider reflections on the ways these producers are addressing and pursuing CSR strategies. Design/methodology/approach. The paper begins with a short discussion of the characteristics of CSR, then draws its empirical material from the most recent CSR reports posted on the websites of the world's top five spirits and top five beer producers. The findings reveal that the leading spirits and beer producers are moving towards integrating CSR into their core business, and while they particularly emphasise their commitment to foster responsible drinking, they also address a wide range of impacts within the marketplace, the communities in which they operate, the environment and the workplace. Although the leading producers generally adopt a very positive approach in their CSR reports, independent external assessment of the reporting process is very limited. More generally, the paper offers some critical reflections on the CSR agendas currently being pursued by the leading spirits and beer producers. The paper provides an accessible review of, and some reflections on, the CSR agendas being pursued by some of the world's leading spirits and beer producers, and as such it will interest academics in business and management and hospitality departments, a range of people working in management positions within the drinks industry, and those professionals who work with the industry.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alcoholic drinks, annual reports, corporate social responsibility, drinks industry, responsible drinking, social responsibility
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 22 May 2014 14:48
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2023 13:13

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