2016 | 16 | 3(39) | 469-490
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External CSR as strategic action in the shadow of commercial interests. A study into oil and gas companies in Trinidad and Tobago

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Zewnętrzne CSR jako strategiczne działanie w cieniu komercyjnych interesów. Badania firm naftowych i gazowych w Trynidadzie i Tobago
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In countries such as Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), the energy sector can make a significant contribution to country and community development, through corporate social responsibility (CSR). Focusing on socioeconomic and environmental domains, this paper examines what drives companies to develop external CSR activities. Taking an institutional approach, combining internal features of companies with the national and international institutional context, it studies the external CSR behaviour of three energy companies operating in T&T. It concludes that the companies develop external CSR activities hardly in alliance with their core business but do show a strong interest in fence line communities. While the companies’ external CSR might contribute to public goals, it is developed in an ad hoc manner, and in isolation of public policy. Instead it results from streetwise tactic behaviour. As civil society holds a weak position and the state opts for a laissezfaire approach, leaving room for the mother companies to shape CSR behaviour.
W krajach takich jak Trynidad i Tobago (T&T) sektor energetyczny może w znaczącym stop-niu przyczyniać się do rozwoju kraju i społeczności poprzez społeczną odpowiedzialność biz-nesu (CSR). Koncentrując się na społeczno-gospodarczych i środowiskowych aspektach, ni-niejszy artykuł przedstawia badania dotyczące czynników skłaniających przedsiębiorstwa do rozwoju zewnętrznych działalności w ramach CSR. Stosując podejście instytucjonalne, połą-czono wewnętrzne cechy przedsiębiorstw z instytucjonalnym kontekstem narodowym i mię-dzynarodowym, dzięki czemu przestudiowano zewnętrzne zachowanie w ramach CSR trzech firm energetycznych funkcjonujących w T&T. stwierdzono, że przedsiębiorstwa rozwijają CSR nie tyle w obrębie swojej głównej działalności, co by pokazać silne zainteresowanie spo-łecznością. O ile zewnętrzne CSR może przyczyniać się do osiągania celów publicznych, o tyle jest rozwijane na zasadzie ad hoc i w izolacji od polityki publicznej. Wynika natomiast z „cwanego” zagrania taktycznego, ponieważ społeczeństwo posiada słabą pozycję, a państwo optuje za podejściem laissez-faire, umożliwając spółkom matkom kształtować dowolnie ich CSR.
CSR   Trinidad   oil  
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  • University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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