Corporate Social Responsibility a Mitigation Strategy for Social Risk

Nsikan Ekwere

Abstract


Social Risk (SR) is a relatively new field in business management. However, social
impacts are visible and can lead to operational, legal, regulatory and financial risks.
Local incidents can be magnified locally and globally. Fully internalizing social risk
issues is an evolutionary process for many companies. A key issue is how to ensure
institutional commitment, consistency across the enterprise and in varied contexts,
and durability overtime with regard to social performance. This study considers CSR
as a tool companies can adopt to reduce SR and argues that if business managers
are known for their impressive performances by way of delivering profits from
operations within their operational environment to shareholders, they have also a
responsibility to contribute to the development of the local communities they operate
in; developments that would create positive impacts on the people and society and
thereby reduce youth restiveness and other vices seen as SR drivers. Therefore,
the paper concludes that the effective and efficient application of corporate social
responsibility by companies operating in a community would go a long way in
reducing the level of social risk drivers, improve infrastructural development and
sustainable peace in that community.
Keywords: Social Risk, Mitigation Strategy, Corporate Social Responsibility

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