In recent years, corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become a focal point for businesses, interest groups and news agencies alike. Stories of both corruption and benevolence in the corporate and political world have become well known to the public, from Enron’s fiscal dishonesties to The Body Shop’s assiduous efforts towards social activism. Lobbyists promote social responsibility as beneficial to both businesses and communities, while sceptics argue that it is simply a marketing ploy, or that it detracts from a corporation’s true responsibility: profit.
The CSR Print Media Database is a searchable reference tool covering a collection of over 1000 newspaper and journal articles collected by Dr. Kernaghan Webb between 2000 and 2008, all of which relate to CSR. It is designed to direct users to articles of interest, which may be obtained via resources such as academic research libraries. Articles included in the database cover a wide range of issues, from healthcare privatization to money laundering to liability charges. The majority of articles have been extracted from major Canadian newspapers, such as the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and the Ottawa Citizen.
The database provides researchers with a general overview of each article, including: title, date, author, publisher, page number, subject area, approach to CSR, target group, geographic area, economic sector, organizations listed, people listed, publications listed and legislation listed. Users are able to search for articles using single or multiple terms in these categories, and to digitally store or print the resulting reports. A users’ manual provides step-by-step loading and search instructions, as well advice on locating full-text versions of the articles returned by searches.
To Use the Database:
While use of the database is primarily intended for those able to visit the Institute, in some cases, searches can be conducted for researchers unable to visit in person. Researchers interested in using the database should contact the Institute (see link at left).