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In Iran, CSR exists in various traditional forms. For example, loans by employers to employees, charity funds for the poor, construction of schools and mosques, or religious payments to the poor or the public like Zakat, Khoms and Vaghf. These activities have been partly driven by the traditional role of business within the Iranian culture backed by Islamic principles. Even prior to the entrance of Islam into Iran, Zoroastrian teachings required its followers to allocate a tenth of their earnings to helping the needy, or society at large.

Many business owners in Iran have traditionally fostered a close relationship with their employees, who have in turn regarded the employer as a father figure. For example, it is not uncommon for an employer to assist employees during sickness, marriage or when purchasing a house. Hence, religion, tradition and patriarchy have played major roles in promoting responsibility by business towards society, especially in the form of charitable actions. Furthermore, corporate philanthropy in Iran is strongly driven by the media attention given to national and international disasters.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 14, 2010

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