The paper "CSR in Shell Nigeria" is a perfect example of a business case study. Within the last couple of decades, the overall interest in corporate social responsibility has amplified considerably. This is motivated by the reality that it is just not enough for corporations to produce super quality products without incorporating the ethical aspects of employees, the community, the environment, NGO’ s and other important stakeholders to the company. Organizations today acknowledge that they do not function in a vacuum, but rather in society. As a result, the welfare of society and the people in the organization is considered important.
Corporate social responsibility has therefore become important. CSR implies that organizations behave ethically with sensitivity towards cultural, social, economic and environmental issues. Companies in the oil and gas industry such as Shell Nigeria have also actively embraced CSR. Shell is a multinational corporation that has been in existence for over 50 years and has closely affected Nigeria’ s economy, politics and overall development. The objective of this paper is to examine the CSR activities of the Shell Company in Nigeria. Foremost, the paper will provide an overview of corporate CSR strategies that can be applied to the case of Shell Niger Delta.
The scope of the analysis will also be grounded on examining what motivates Shell to participate in various CSR activities. In addition, the report will evaluate how the firm's CSR relates to the overall strategy of the firms and how they have influenced the company’ s competitive advantage. Overview of the corporate CSR strategy A growing number of companies undertake CSR today. Just like the business strategy is considered important, having a CSR strategy is also equally important.
McElhaney (2009) highlights that when devising a CSR strategy the management of an organization should identify the specific business objectives that the developed strategy must support. In the context of the oil and gas industry, the various frameworks and modes can be applied in order to come up with a corporate CSR strategy. These are mainly derived from the objectives that the company aims to obtain.
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