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Perceptions of corporate social responsibility in Australian forestry companies


Gordon, M and Lockwood, M and Hanson, D and Vanclay, F and Schirmer, J, Perceptions of corporate social responsibility in Australian forestry companies, International Journal of Sustainable Society, 6, (4) pp. 336-353. ISSN 1756-2538 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1504/IJSSOC.2014.066772


To date, limited research has been conducted investigating forest company employee views about corporate social responsibility (CSR). We interviewed 19 employees within two forest companies in Australia. Employees mostly understood CSR as an approach to business not purely focused on financial outcomes, but also addressing social and environmental objectives. Some employees also believed that CSR was an action required for community acceptance of forestry, although many believed CSR would not always be effective in improving acceptance of their company's practices. Employees believed that not all negative perceptions of forestry practices could be addressed within the scope of their company's CSR strategy. However, there are opportunities to improve current practice by: a) improving the ability to measure company social license to operate; b) enhancing relationships with a broader range of stakeholders; c) improving collaborations with other forest organisations to address industry social licence to operate issues.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:community engagement, corporate social responsibility, sustainable forest management, social license to operate, sustainability, Australia
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Gordon, M (Miss Melissa Gordon)
UTAS Author:Lockwood, M (Associate Professor Michael Lockwood)
UTAS Author:Hanson, D (Dr Dallas Hanson)
ID Code:92339
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2014-06-15
Last Modified:2015-04-23
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