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Corporate Citizenship in Africa

Lessons from the Past; Paths to the Future

Corporate citizenship is enmeshed in the debate about Africa's future. Africa is the continent where the social needs are greatest and where the benefits of globalisation have been least felt. What makes corporate citizenship in Africa not only fascinating, but also of critical importance, is that the continent embodies many of the most vexing dilemmas that business faces in attempts to be responsible, ethical and sustainable.

This unique collection for the first time brings together in one publication the critical debates, perspectives, experiences and success stories in the emerging field of corporate citizenship in Africa.

The book addresses a number of key questions: What research has been conducted on corporate citizenship in Africa over the past ten years? How are the concepts and challenges of corporate citizenship in Africa different, compared to other regions of the world? Which industry sectors are leading in the implementation of corporate citizenship in Africa? What are some of the dilemmas facing companies that are striving to be good corporate citizens in Africa? What are some of the best-practice case studies of companies' corporate citizenship programmes in Africa? What can Africa learn from the rest of the world about corporate citizenship, and what can it teach others?

The book acts as a bridge in many ways: between academic theory and business practice; between notions of corporate citizenship originating in developed countries and emerging concepts incubated in a developing-country context; between the experiences of multinationals and the perspectives of small and medium-sized enterprises; between different countries and regions within Africa and around the globe. This publication marks a change in the tide – a groundswell towards a more vigorous debate and robust research agenda on corporate citizenship in Africa. It will be essential reading for all those involved in the rapidly growing corporate responsibility movement.

Part 1: Introduction and overview
1. Corporate citizenship in Africa: Lessons from the past, paths to the future
Wayne Visser, Universities of Nottingham and London, UK
Malcolm McIntosh, Universities of Bath, UK, and Stellenbosch, South Africa
Charlotte Middleton, National Business Initiative, South Africa

2. Research on corporate citizenship in Africa: A ten-year review (1995–2005)
Wayne Visser, Universities of Nottingham and London, UK, International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, UK

Part 2: Leadership and governance
3. Corporate leadership for economic, social and political change: Lessons from South Africa
Susan A. Lynham, Texas A&M University, USA
Robert G. Taylor, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Larry M. Dooley, Texas A&M University, USA
Vassi Naidoo, Deloitte

4. Follow the rising polestar: An examination of the structures governing corporate citizens in South Africa
Angela R. Hansen and Victoria Ryan

5. Corporate governance and accountability in Uganda: A stakeholder perspective
Simeon Wanyama, Bruce M. Burton and Christine V. Helliar, University of Dundee, UK

6. Evading corporate social responsibility through tax avoidance
Telita Snyckers, South African Revenue Service

Part 3: Community and environment
7. The corporate social performance dilemma: Organising for goal duality in low-income African markets
Niklas Egels-Zandén, School of Business, Economics and Law at Göteborg University, Sweden
Markus Kallifatides, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden

8. Grounding African corporate responsibility: Moving the environment up the agenda
Karen T.A. Hayes, Fauna & Flora International, UK

9. Voluntary initiatives and the path to corporate citizenship: Struggles at the energy–environment interface in South Africa
Geoff Stiles, assisted by Pierre Chantraine, Marbek Resource Consultants (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

Part 4: Health and HIV/Aids
10. The ethical governance of health: A case study of worker health in Kenyan floriculture
Julia Kilbourne and John Porter, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

11. Corporate citizenship, Aids and Africa: Lessons from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company's Secure the Future™
Kari A. Hartwig, Alana Rosenberg and Michael Merson, School of Public Health, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Aids, USA

12. De Beers: Managing HIV/Aids in the workplace and beyond
Tracey Peterson, De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited
Julie Shaw, Consultant

Part 5: Industries and sectors
13. Can oil corporations positively transform Angola and Equatorial Guinea?
Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira, Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration
Saleem H. Ali, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, USA

14. Tracking sustainability performance through company reports: A critical review of the South African mining sector
Markus Reichardt and Cathy L. Reichardt, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

15. The gift of CSR: Power and the pursuit of responsibility in the mining industry
Dinah Rajak, University of Sussex, UK

16. The digital divide and CSR in Africa: The need for corporate law reform
Judy N. Muthuri, International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, UK
Kiarie Mwaura, Queen's University Belfast, UK

Part 6: Supply chain and SMEs
17. Up-lifting power: Creating sustainable consumer-driven supply chains through innovative partnerships in Ghana
Suzanne 't Hooft, former Ahold Trainee

18. Women's Gold: Finding a market for Dagara shea butter
Corina Beczner, Bob Gower and Palma Vizzoni, Presidio School of Management, USA

19. Elements of SMEs' policy implementation in sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Botswana
Mengsteab Tesfayohannes, University of Waterloo, Canada

Part 7: Globalisation and conclusion
20. An overview of corporate globalisation and the non-globalisation of corporate citizenship in Africa
Rogers Tabe Egbe Orock, University of Buea, Cameroon

21. Treading lightly: Creating harmony and co-operation in Africa
Malcolm McIntosh, Universities of Bath, UK, and Stellenbosch, South Africa

WAYNE VISSER MSc BBusSc is completing doctoral studies at the University of Nottingham, UK. MALCOLM MCINTOSH PhD MA BEd FRSA holds positions Universities of Bath Nottingham and Stellenbosch. CHARLOTTE MIDDLETON works with the National Business Initiative, South Africa.

 

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