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Author(s): Iveta Ubrežiová, Kamila Moravčíková, Jana Kozáková

Title: Corporate social responsibility as an aspect of business ethics in selected slovak companies

Source: International Scientific Days 2016. The Agri-Food Value Chain: Challenges for Natural Resources Management and Society

Document Type: Scientific paper

ISBN: 978-80-552-1503-7


Publisher: Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra

PY, pages: 2016, 296-304

Published on-line: 2016-06-24

Language: eng

Abstract: Social responsibility and business ethics are often regarded as the same concepts. On the other side, business theory as well as company practice confirms that the social responsibility movement is just an aspect of the overall discipline of business ethics. Business ethics, also named Corporate Ethics, is the concept which has come to mean various things to various people. Nowadays, both these concepts are slowly penetrating into the consciousness of the lay and professional public in Slovakia. The paper contains of three main research questions. At the beginning we examined if surveyed companies have prepared an Ethical Code or the Code of Conduct and if they implement this in business practice. Second question assayed if ethical behaviour helps enterprises to achieve business objectives and the third question deals with the problem if company favours business partners who prefer similar corporate values and business. The publication of this article is supported by the Slovak Scientific Agency VEGA  Project VEGA No. 1/0044/13 “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the Slovak Enterprises in the context of Internationalization in Business“. The main objective of this project is to assess the level of corporate social responsibility in Slovakia in the context of the internationalization of business and identify factors that affect their socially responsible behaviour in a competitive environment. In this article we deal with the surveyed sample of the 58 trade companies (and cooperatives) from different districts of Slovakia. Most of them were established after 1994 and more than a half of them belonged to the category of “small and medium sized enterprises“– SMEs. Survey involved companies from fifteen industries according to NACE classification.

Keywords: business ethics, corporate ethics, corporate social responsibility, Slovakia, ethical code, the code of conduct

JEL Classification: M12, M14

Rights: Open Access :: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Licence
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