Communication Patterns of CSR within and across industries

Key Findings
•While there is commonality in CSR communication at the institutional level, differences exist across industries.
•The results present evidence of mimicry of CSR communication within industries, and they demonstrate that, at both the institutional and economic industry level of analysis, corporations give communication primacy to ethical and philanthropic responsibilities over legal and economic responsibilities.
•Such primacy suggests that corporations present CSR as a voluntary form of self-regulation.
•The results of analysis also identify welfare capitalism as a persistent institutionalized conceptualization of CSR.
•These findings suggest that, while CSR communication gives primacy to ethical and philanthropic responsibilities, CSR remains limited in its scope to those ethical and philanthropic responsibilities that benefit bottom line.