Pyramid of Corporate Social Responsibility (Caroll)

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Jaap de Jonge
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Pyramid of Corporate Social Responsibility (Caroll)

An early and widely applied CSR framework that distinguishes "CSR layers" is the Pyramid of Corporate Social Responsibility by Caroll (1991). The 4 layers of Responsibilities are, from bottom to top:
- Economic Responsibilities (refering to the basic role of businesses to produce goods and services, to create jobs, to be competitive and to make a profit while doing so)
- Legal Responsibilities (involving the compliance to laws and regulations set by the state, local governments, and by society)
- Ethical Responsibilities (involving the compliance to norms and values set by religion, culture, and local society and are not codified into law)
- Philantropic Responsibilities (refering to voluntary activities of businesses by means of improvement of the society in which they operate, and to being a good corporate citizen)

Source: Carroll, A. B. (1991), "The Pyramid of Corporate Social Responsibility: Toward the Moral Management of Organizational Stakeholders", Business Horizons, vol. 34, pp. 39-48

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