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COVID-19 and Soccer Teams on Instagram: The Case of Corporate Social Responsibility

Samuel López-Carril and Christos Anagnostopoulos

Sport’s social and commercial values are indisputable, as is its communicative power. Common denominators and facilitators for these values within the organizational field of sport seem to be the ever-increasing practice of corporate social responsibility (CSR; Kolyperas, Anagnostopoulos, Chadwick

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Toward Strategic and Authentic Corporate Social Responsibility in Professional Sport: A Case Study of the Detroit Lions

Kathryn L. Heinze, Sara Soderstrom, and Jennifer Zdroik

The rise and institutionalization of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in sport is captured in a growing body of work in sport management. This literature suggests professional teams should be strategic in their approaches—matching internal resources with external needs—but we lack an understanding of the processes and mechanisms in the evolution to more strategic CSR, as well as specific practices that characterize these approaches. Further, by focusing on broad trends in how and why teams are adopting CSR, we miss the opportunity to learn from teams with innovative and authentic CSR approaches. To address these gaps, this article uses a qualitative case-study approach to examine how one professional team in the U.S.—the Detroit Lions—evolved their CSR to a more strategic and authentic partnership-focused model. Our findings point to key process steps and mechanisms in the decision making around, and implementation of, this approach, including the role of organizational structure, leadership, and community partnerships. We draw out themes around these central partnerships and highlight best practices. In offering a more nuanced understanding of professional sport CSR process and practice, we contribute to the literature on CSR in sport, sport-community partnerships, and sport and city revitalization.

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Adidas × Parley: An Exploration of Corporate Social Responsibility and the Global Plastic Crisis

Jessica R. Murfree and Chelsea C. Police

Recently, Adidas’ Director of Global Partnerships conducted an organization-wide meeting to provide the front office with an update on the brand’s endeavors. As the newly hired Assistant Director of Global Partnerships with a background in corporate social responsibility (CSR), you were

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Athlete Activism and Corporate Social Responsibility: Critical Lessons From Sport Industry Professionals

Cole G. Armstrong, Theodore M. Butryn, Vernon L. Andrews, and Matthew A. Masucci

practices. One strategic element germane to the business practices of many modern organizations is corporate social responsibility (CSR). According to Bradish and Cronin ( 2009 ), “CSR can be broadly understood as the responsibility of organizations to be ethical and accountable to the needs of their

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Corporate Social Responsibility in Sport

Cheri Bradish and J. Joseph Cronin

Over the past decade, there has been a groundswell of support within the sport industry to be “good sports”, as evidenced by a growing number of, and commitment to, “giving” initiatives and “charitable” programs. Consider the following examples:

• In 1998, the “Sports Philanthropy Project” was founded, devoted to “harnessing the power of professional sports to support the development of healthy communities.” (Sports Philanthropy Project, 2009) To date, this organization has supported and sustained over 400 philanthropic-related organizations associated with athlete charities, league initiatives, and team foundations in the United States and Canada.

• In 2003, “Right To Play” (formerly Olympic Aid) the international humanitarian organization was established, which has used sport to bring about change in over 40 of the world's most disadvantaged communities. Of note is their vision to “engage leaders on all sides of sport, business and media, to ensure every child's right to play” (www.righttoplay.com).

• In 2005, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) became one of the first sport organizations to create an internal corporate social responsibility unit, and soon thereafter committed a significant percentage of their revenues to related corporate social responsibility programs (FIFA, 2005).

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Corporate Social Responsibility in Professional Team Sports Organizations: An Integrative Review

Stefan Walzel, Jonathan Robertson, and Christos Anagnostopoulos

Over the last four decades, the notion of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has attracted considerable interest in both scholarship and practice ( Aguinis & Glavas, 2012 ). In the field of sports, the application of socially responsible programs has gained momentum over the past decade or so

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What Does Entrepreneurship Add to the Understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility Management in Sport?

Cleo Schyvinck, Kathy Babiak, Bram Constandt, and Annick Willem

Professional sport organizations are increasingly expected to behave in a socially responsible manner, and research has acknowledged the role of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in professional sport organizations to positively impact the organization, its stakeholders, and society at large

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Professional Team Sports Organizations’ Corporate Social Responsibility Activities: Corporate Image and Chosen Communication Outlets’ Influence on Consumers’ Reactions

Cindy Lee, Hyejin Bang, and David J. Shonk

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is notably prevalent in the corporate world. The CSR is defined as actions that appear to contribute to a social good that extends beyond the financial interests of their company and are not required by law ( Kim et al., 2017 ). The premise of CSR is grounded

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Making an Impact: An Initial Review of U.S. Sport League Corporate Social Responsibility Responses During COVID-19

Danielle K. Smith and Jonathan Casper

their respective corporate social responsibility (CSR) arms during COVID-19. Specifically, it will analyze and discuss three areas of sport communication: the role that CSR plays during crisis communication, how U.S. sport league CSR programs reacted and structured their CSR communications, and how fans

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The African American Community and Professional Baseball: Examining Major League Baseball’s Corporate Social-Responsibility Efforts as a Relationship-Management Strategy

Shaun M. Anderson and Matthew M. Martin

MLB faces in getting African Americans interested and involved with the game of baseball. Specifically, we examined MLB’s social-outreach programs as a social-responsibility and relationship-management strategy using corporate social responsibility (CSR) and relationship-management theory (RMT