Corporate social responsibility in Malawi: antecedents, issues, practices and future directions.

AN Mzembe, Y Downs, J Meaton

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Malawi is becoming a significant issue not only because of the complexity of the social, economic and political environment in which companies operate, but also because of the social and environmental impacts which business operations have on the wider Malawian society. In this chapter, it is shown that the CSR agenda currently pursued by companies in Malawi takes both the normative and instrumental forms, and is largely shaped by the political and socio-economical factors at national and global levels. The chapter is structured as follows: the first section addresses the historical development of CSR and perceptions various actors hold about the forms of responsibilities companies can assume in Malawi; a discussion of the various antecedents of CSR in Malawi. This is followed by an intermediate section which provides CSR themes and priority issues. The final two sections explore the different approaches companies pursue in the implementation of CSR agendas—but also examine the perceived barriers to CSR in Malawi. The chapter concludes by mapping out the future prospects of CSR in Malawi.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCorporate Social Responsibility in Sub-Saharan Africa: sustainable development in its embryonic form.
EditorsS Vertigan, S Idowu, R Schmidpeter
Place of PublicationBasel
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9783319266688
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameCSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance
ISSN (Print)2196-7075
ISSN (Electronic)2196-7083


  • Corporate Philanthropy
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Parent Company


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