Corporate Social Responsibility in the Bahraini Construction Companies

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Bahraini Construction Companies

Asma Ayari (LILLE 1 University, France)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9864-2.ch003
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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to give a description of ethical business cultures in Bahraini construction companies. Construction companies in the Middle East are facing charges in terms of exploitation of workers and poor working conditions. The construction sector is one of the most dynamic in Bahrain, and its participation in national GDP is increasing. It is also the most important sector in the creation of jobs. Bahrain, as in the Gulf countries, employs a workforce from India and Asia, one of the lowest in the international labor market. This study analyzes the reality of the CSR in the construction sector and proposes some guidelines for the role of Bahraini stakeholders in the implementation of the social responsibility.
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1. Theoretical Framework

Theoretical research on business ethics developed in the 1960s at the request of stakeholders. Many theorists have taken part in this debate, contributed to the identification of the stakeholder’s attributes, and determined the reasons for their action (Anderson, 1978; Carroll, 1989; Clarkson, 1991, 1995; Egri & Herman, 2000; Freeman, 1984; Freeman & Reed, 1983; Goodpastor, 1991; Mitchell, Agle, & Wood, 1997; Rowley & Moldoveanu, 2003; Wood, 1994).

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