Spirituality as the Basis for Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate leaders are increasingly embracing a concept of corporate social responsibility with an underlying rationale of protecting corporate reputation and earnings. Based on theoretical reasoning and empirical research in the form of interviews with leaders from six continents and 15 countries, it is argued that true responsibility, both by leaders and their organizations, is grounded in a perspective on leadership - spiritual-based leadership - that transcends the (self-imposed) limitations of economic rationality. From this perspective, neither individual nor organizational social responsibility are means to an end; responsibility is fundamentally important in its own right and provides a foundation for the development of identity, purposeful behaviour and success at both an individual and organizational level.

Prof. Dr. polit et PhD. Peter Pruzan, Kopenhagen