Title: Working with values: an alternative approach to win-win

Authors: Sarah Williams; Diane Preston

Addresses: Department of Strategy and Management, The Business School, University of Bedfordshire, University Square, Luton, LU1 3JU, UK ' Department for People and Organisations, The Faculty of Business and Law, The Open University Business School, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, England, UK

Abstract: In this paper we offer an alternative perspective on the business case for why organisations should embrace the arguments for corporate social responsibility (CSR). In particular we look at the 'win-win' scenario often posited by both internal and external agencies where it is not only the business who wins by adopting a CSR agenda but also the environment, 'save money - save the planet'. Using a case study of a group of SME managers belonging to a Green Business Network in the UK, we offer a different approach to relying on the traditional win-win scenario that assumes businesses and managers are motivated largely by financial gain. Instead, we show how a series of workshops were used based on Schwartz's value system with the aim of helping the managers to, firstly understand their own values and motivations toward CSR and, secondly, how they could translate this to better understand the values of their own managers and colleagues with regard to embedding CSR practice. The aim of the paper is to highlight the value of taking a perspective on CSR at the individual level as well as offering a tool that managers could use in their own practice.

Keywords: corporate social responsibility; CSR; environmental engagement; values; motivation; engaging employees; small to medium business enterprises; SMEs.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCSSR.2018.099445

International Journal of Corporate Strategy and Social Responsibility, 2018 Vol.1 No.4, pp.302 - 319

Accepted: 26 Oct 2017
Published online: 06 May 2019 *

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