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CSR during COVID-19: exploring select organizations’ intents and activities

S.M. Ramya (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India)
Rupashree Baral (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India)

Corporate Governance

ISSN: 1472-0701

Article publication date: 2 June 2021

Issue publication date: 22 September 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explore the immediate proactive corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts undertaken by select organizations in India in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the approach they have adopted toward it.

Design/methodology/approach

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 27 senior managers across top Bombay Stock Exchange indexed organizations from the manufacturing and services sector in India during the national COVID-19 pandemic lockdown between March and June 2020. Manual content analysis and the Gioia method were used to arrive at the insights.

Findings

Results of the analysis showcase the spirited immediate CSR measures undertaken by the select organizations in the broader interests of the community at large. The study also highlights the need for a paradox approach toward CSR strategy.

Research limitations/implications

Given that the present study adopts an exploratory qualitative research design, the scope for generalization is rather limited.

Practical implications

This paper classifies COVID-19 related initiatives undertaken by selected few top organizations in India and attempts to justify the need to opt for a paradox approach toward CSR strategy.

Originality/value

To the best of the author’s knowledge, this is one of the first few studies to have attempted to put forth a dialog at the intersection of COVID-19 and CSR with rich insights gained from qualitative data collected during India’s intense lockdown period and offering a different perspective with the inclusion of paradox theory into the discussion.

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Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support from Exploratory Research Proposal (ERP) grant from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Citation

Ramya, S.M. and Baral, R. (2021), "CSR during COVID-19: exploring select organizations’ intents and activities", Corporate Governance, Vol. 21 No. 6, pp. 1028-1042. https://doi.org/10.1108/CG-09-2020-0426

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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