Extending Corporate Social Responsibility to Public Administration

The field of application of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is limited to the corporations as the very acronym CSR indicates (i.e. corporate). We consider CSR includes other acronyms, such as ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance). This session will discuss the systemic need and the historic opportunity to extend CSR to public administration (that is, to include all organizations belonging to public governmental, national and local bodies) because CSR is about responsible management, private as well as public.

The common denominator between private and public management is an emphasis on the social responsibility of managers in the core activities of all organizations, which in turn implies a revival of the economic bottom line in CSR, also known as „triple bottom line reporting“ (economic, social, and environmental). Core activities are the only ones strictly contributing to the economic bottom line of organizations. Current, mainstream CSR however has assumed the economic bottom line satisfied under the profit maximizing paradigm and accounted for in standard financial statements. The economic bottom line of organizations therefore has been neglected in CSR, which has been concerned with the social and environmental voluntary performance of corporations.

However the 2011 formulation of CSR from the European Union reintroduced the economic bottom line because it included “concern for the customers”, which was not there before. Concern for the customers represents voluntary responsibility in the core business of the corporation. The argument then is: if it is key for private managers to account for the way profits are made in the private sector, likewise it should be key for public managers to account for the effectiveness of their use of taxpayers’ monies in public administration. This session will discuss the inclusion of public management in the field of CSR as a Principle of Responsible Management Education.

Presenters and attendees are invited to share their response to the session theme: what the theme evokes in their understanding of CSR, what could CSR in public administration imply, if at all they think the concept is applicable as described above. The format will give attendees as much time to ask questions as the presenters will have to make their presentations. There will be speed presentations and then questions and answers. Presenters will prepare‎ a two page outline of their argument.

Session Chair: Paolo D’Anselmi; Co-Chairs: Guler Aras, Athanasios Chymis

Presentations & Panelists

Extending Corporate Social Responsibility to Public Administration
Paolo D’Anselmi
University Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

Building a Better and More Responsible Public Administration
Athanasios Chymis
Centre of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE), Athens, Greece

CSR for Sustainable Public Administration
Guler Aras
Professor of Finance, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
Visiting Professor, Georgetown University in DC, USA

Social Responsibility in Public Administration: Rhetoric or Possibility?
Alin Stancu
Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

Alex Kunze
Senior CSR advisor, Federal Department of Economic Affairs (SECO)

Keywords: administrative behavior, bureaucracy, citizen customer, competition, virtual competition, competitive advantage, forgotten groups, implementation, institutional arrangements, monopoly, multiplicity, New Institutional Economics, public management, public policy, unknown stakeholders

Send email to Paolo D’Anselmi in order to check availability of space for presentation, preferable before Friday, October 17th.

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