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Although CSR took root in Ghana in the mid 1950s, fragments could already be found in 1939, when the National Liberation Council (NLC) government investigated cases of corruption in Ghana. Literature on CSR in Ghana is still evolving as research attempts are being made to understand the nature and form of CSR in Ghana and the entire West African region.

There are no Ghana-specific CSR models. Research suggests that in Ghana CSR concepts are played out in the education, health, community development, sports and philanthropic areas (Ofori 2005, 2006; 2007, 2009; Ofori and Hinson 2007; Ofori and Ofori 2009). Ghana CSR activities broadly follow Carroll's (1979) and more recently, BSR's (2004) model which define CSR from four dimensions: economic, legal, ethical and discretionary. However, it is evident that in Ghana, a lot of philanthropic actions are executed under the discretionary mode (Visser et al. 2006).

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9774/GLEAF.978-1-907643-09-5_23

Publication date: June 14, 2010

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