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Institutionalizing Corporate Social Responsibility: A Study of Provisions and Implications of Indian Companies Act 2013

Stakeholders, Governance and Responsibility

ISBN: 978-1-78756-380-3, eISBN: 978-1-78756-379-7

ISSN: 2043-0523

Publication date: 14 September 2018


The spotlight of this chapter is to understand the connection between public policy and corporate social responsibility (CSR); in other words – the institutionalization of CSR. What is the role of the government for setting standards and mandating for ensuring responsibility? The emerging accepted wisdom in policy and academic circles is that many sustainability solutions are likely to result from institutional (i.e., governance) reform. A perceptive on CSR evolving as an institution of broader societal governance appears as a promising opportunity to delve into at a point in time when conventional rules, actors, and markets that steered the global economy demonstrate to be undergoing credibility crisis. CSR therefore must be considered within the wider field of institutions for governing the corporation and the economy. This chapter is exploratory as it dwells into theoretical underpinning of emerging mandatory CSR as well as provides empirical mapping of corporate responses to the new enacted legislation. The CSR analysis presented is based on a content analysis of the information contained in the annual reports of some prominent companies, government documents, audits reports, companies websites, and newspaper reports, which will provide us evidences of responses of corporates toward the CSR provisions.



Oberoi, R. (2018), "Institutionalizing Corporate Social Responsibility: A Study of Provisions and Implications of Indian Companies Act 2013", Stakeholders, Governance and Responsibility (Developments in Corporate Governance and Responsibility, Vol. 14), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 165-187.



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