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Corporate Social Responsibility and Religious Values in the Asia Pacific and Middle East

Special issue call for papers from Society and Business Review

Guest Editors:

Dr Mohammad Nurunnabi FHEA FRSA (University of East London, UK and Prince Sultan University, KSA)
Dr Saad A. Al-Mosa (Prince Sultan University, KSA)

Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2014


Most of the studies on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) have concentrated on the Western developed countries, and literature on CSR in the Asia Pacific and Middle East is scarce (Forbes and McIntosh 2011). According to the IMF (2012), the world’s GDP was US$ 71,707.302 million. The Asia Pacific and Middle East’s GDP was US$ 22,343.124 million GDP which represents 31.16% in comparison to the European Union 23.12%.

Some of the countries in the Asia Pacific and Middle East have seen significant economic growth in recent times (Forbes and McIntosh 2011). Many countries in that region have become economic engine rooms in the global market. The socio-economic realities are different in that region because of different corporate motivations and religious values for undertaking CSR (Ramasamy et al., 2010; Brammer et al., 2007). Prior studies (André, 2013; Delchet-Cochet and Vo, 2013 Cooke, 2010; Marais, 2012; Saleh et al., 2011) argue that CSR may be linked engines of economic growth. Religious values have different attitudes concerning CSR than people of no religious values (Brammer et al., 2007). Both the Asia Pacific and Middle East are having massive problems including child labour, climate change, poverty, human rights, corruption, and political instability. It can be argued that these tensions can be illuminated via transparent CSR practices.

Purpose and Themes

The purpose of this special issue is to invite both scholarly articles of a theoretical and empirical nature, from researchers and practitioners. Themes which could be developed in the special issue include:

• Religious Values for undertaking CSR practices
• The relationship between religious background of institutions and CSR practices

We encourage submissions which deal with the above themes, but not limited to the above list.


Submissions should follow Society and Business Review guidelines:


André, K. (2013), "The ethics of care as a determinant for stakeholder inclusion and CSR perception in business education", Society and Business Review, Vol. 8 No. 1, pp.32-44.

Brammer, S., Williams, G. and Zinkin, J.(2007),“ Religion and Attitudes to Corporate Social Responsibility in a Large Cross-Country Sample”, Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 71 No. 3, pp. 229-243.

Cooke, D. (2010), “Building social capital through corporate social investment”, Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp.71-87.

Delchet-Cochet, K. and Vo, L-C. (2013), "Classification of CSR standards in the light of ISO 26000", Society and Business Review, Vol. 8 No. 2, pp.134-144.

Forbes, S. and McIntosh, M. (2011), "Towards CSR and the sustainable enterprise economy in the Asia Pacific region", Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp.194 – 213.

IMF (2012). Available at: (Accessed: 21 November 2013).

Marais, M. (2012), "CEO rhetorical strategies for corporate social responsibility (CSR)", Society and Business Review, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 223-243.

Ramasamy, B., Yeung, M.C.H., and Au, A.K.M. (2010),“Consumer Support for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): The Role of Religion and Values”, Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 91 No. 1, pp. 61-72.

Saleh, M., Zulkifli, N., and Muhamad, R. (2011), "Looking for evidence of the relationship between corporate social responsibility and corporate financial performance in an emerging market", Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp.165-190.