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Corporate social responsibility: A pharmaceutical analysis

D. J. Theron
Acta Commercii | Vol 5, No 1 | a60 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ac.v5i1.60 | © 2005 D. J. Theron | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 December 2005 | Published: 05 December 2005

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D. J. Theron, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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In the modern business environment organisations need to address two important aspects affecting their operations: the quality of management and the impact of their operations on the well-being of the society in which they operate. This dualism often results in economic, political and social dilemmas influencing the viability of organisations in general, and more specifically and recently, local and international pharmaceutical organisations operating in South Africa. This article considers the aspect of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in general and attempts to identify the social-related issues impacting on the pharmaceutical industry by means of content analysis - a research technique for making replicable and valid inferences from data. It furthermore describes the re-action of pharmaceutical organisations when confronted with such social demands, and finally analyses the management of CSR against four criteria of CSR. The article confirms the importance of managers to manage CSR towards society in a proactive manner. It furthermore suggests that the "hard" factors of strategic management and financial performance should be balanced with "soft" social/people issues. It also recommends that the industry should consider - and if applicable - endorse the concept of Issues Management as an approach to the proactive management of CSR.


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