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Corporate Social Responsibility Communication: Towards a Phase Model of Strategic Planning

Communicating Corporate Social Responsibility: Perspectives and Practice

ISBN: 978-1-78350-795-5, eISBN: 978-1-78350-796-2

ISSN: 2043-9059

Publication date: 28 July 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The chapter develops a phase model of strategic planning in integrated corporate social responsibility (CSR) communication by presenting CSR as a mindset in communication processes.

Design/methodology/approach

The chapter provides rationales for establishing a new phase model of strategic planning in CSR communication by adapting existing models of strategic communications. In this context, the main focus is on the need to involve stakeholders in CSR communication processes (Morsing & Schultz, 2006).

Findings

The chapter argues that in the sense of CSR communication, stakeholders should be involved in the strategic planning process from the beginning, with respect to the issues that the corporation and targeted stakeholder groups have in common.

Research limitations/implications

The chapter concentrates on selected key aspects of CSR and CSR communication. In particular the aspects such as reputation, credibility, ethical alignment and stakeholder involvement are considered as prerequisites for understanding the construction of the phase model.

Practical implications

This chapter provides practical implications for developing communication concepts in CSR communication in daily business practice.

Originality/value

This chapter facilitates a comprehensive understanding of strategic CSR communication as part of CSR reflected in the development processes of communication concepts.

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Citation

Walter, B.L. (2014), "Corporate Social Responsibility Communication: Towards a Phase Model of Strategic Planning", Communicating Corporate Social Responsibility: Perspectives and Practice (Critical Studies on Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Sustainability, Vol. 6), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 59-79. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2043-9059(2014)0000006022

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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