The notion of social responsibility across different types of nonprofit and for profit organizations

Sacchetti, Silvia and Tortia, Ermanno (2018). The notion of social responsibility across different types of nonprofit and for profit organizations. In: Sacconi, Lorenzo and Degli Antoni, Giacomo eds. Handbook on the economics of social responsibility: individuals, corporations and institutions. Elgar, (In Press).


This contribution focuses on forms of CSR of the likes of NPOs, social enterprises, cooperative firms, employee-owned companies (EOCs) and multi-stakeholder governance. Their common feature is that they all are organizational types which do not maximise profits, and add the social dimension in the operation and aims of the organization as fundamental elements. The explicit recognition of a social dimension can therefore be studied at different levels, starting from basic institutions, such as control rights and governance, up to strategic and operational dimensions such as organizational routines, managerial models and employment relations. The issue to be examined, in these respects, is how these firms design their governance consistently with the instrumental role of profit and other commercial objectives, and how the role of profit is reconciled with the main societal aims.

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    “The use of common resources in co-operative firms. A comparison between Scotland and the Autonomous Province of Trento”Outgoing research grant.PAT - Provincia Autonoma di Trento (Italy)
  • Keywords
  • corporate social responsibility; cooperative firms; employee owned firms; social enterprise; NGOs; governance
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  • Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
    Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
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  • Silvia Sacchetti