Corporate social responsibility and financial performance: Fact or fiction? A look at Ghanaian banks

Ofori, Daniel, Nyuur, Richard and S-Darko, Mildred (2014) Corporate social responsibility and financial performance: Fact or fiction? A look at Ghanaian banks. Acta Commercii, 14 (1). ISSN 1680-7537

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Abstract

This article examined the impact of corporate social responsibility on financial performance using empirical evidence from the Ghanaian banking sector. Although corporate social responsibility is a hot topic in Ghana and banks do practise it, no detailed study has been conducted to ascertain whether banks derive any benefits therefrom. A sample size of 22 banks was involved. A structured questionnaire was used to obtain primary data whilst archival records were used to gather the secondary data.

Main findings: The findings revealed that banks in Ghana view corporate social responsibility practices to be a strategic tool; banks are motivated to practise corporate social responsibility by legitimate reasons as much as they are motivated by profitability and sustainability reasons. Also, although there is a positive relationship between corporate social responsibility practices and financial performance, the financial performance of banks in Ghana does not depend significantly on their corporate social responsibility practices but rather on other control variables, such as growth, origin, debt ratio, and size.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N300 Finance
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2014 15:18
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 04:49
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/17789

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