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Organizational culture: does it influence the way a company deals with CSR?

Sandra Castro-González (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
Belén Bande (Universidad Internacional de la Rioja – Campus de Logrono, Logrono, Spain, and Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Lugo, Spain)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 4 March 2019




This paper aims to show how managers model culture for employees to promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices.


The proposal begins by highlighting the importance of culture for CSR implementation and then explains the impact of culture on employees.


Currently, many companies carry out activities under the CSR umbrella, but they may do so without considering whether their company’s context is ideal for such initiatives. They may also not consider the types of employees composing the workforce or their disposition toward CSR. In these circumstances, organizations may miss out on the added value of CSR practices.


The important influence of CSR practices on employees’ attitudes and behaviors at work requires organizations to implement these types of actions. Therefore, the contextual factors that are most likely to aid in developing and maintaining these practices must be acknowledged. This paper seeks to offer a new perspective to managers and human resource managers regarding the implementation of CSR activities.



This publication has been funded with support from the predoctoral stage of the Galician Plan for Research, Innovation and Growth (Plan I2C) of the Xunta de Galicia (Consellería de Cultura, Educación y Ordenación Universitaria).


Castro-González, S. and Bande, B. (2019), "Organizational culture: does it influence the way a company deals with CSR?", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 33 No. 2, pp. 1-3.



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