Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues (Print ISSN: 1544-0036; Online ISSN: 1544-0044)


The Effect of Covid-19 on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Practices Reflections from the Kingdom of Bahrain

Author(s): Saad Darwish, Nehal El Naggar

 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a widespread concept with definitions that concern the relationship between organizations, society, and stakeholders. This research studied the effect of the ongoing global pandemic, COVID-19, on the CSR practices of Bahraini firms. Thus, the significance of this research stems from the sudden spread and impact of COVID-19 on organizations in this context, especially concerning corporate social responsibility. We conceived a qualitative approach to collect data through the existing literature and through interviews with CSR managers from selected organizations in Bahrain. The primary research objectives of this paper included the analysis of the initiatives followed by different companies in Bahrain during the most challenging moments of the pandemic and to determine their objectives and motives. This research identified the problems with companies’ CSR during the global pandemic and analyzed the relevant literature to evaluate these issues. The paper concludes with an examination of the data collected from the literature review and the interviews conducted with the managers of three CSR companies. We correspondingly recommend some possible solutions to improve business practices during the pandemic, focusing on organizations in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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