Corporate social responsibility in the Scottish Premier League: Context and motivation



Hamil S & Morrow S (2011) Corporate social responsibility in the Scottish Premier League: Context and motivation. European Sport Management Quarterly, 11 (2), pp. 143-170.

Widespread acceptance of football club businesses as stakeholder organizations suggests that clubs might be expected to embrace corporate social responsibility (CSR). Focusing on Scottish Premier League (SPL) clubs, this study provides empirical evidence of CSR engagement and motivation. We argue that these clubs are well positioned to act as vehicles to deliver CSR because of their community embeddedness and the strength of their stakeholder relationships. For CSR actions to occur, findings suggest they must be driven by (a) the normative expectations of executives or stakeholders, (b) a response to wider social agendas, or (c) potential economic benefit. Evidence of each of these sources of motivation is presented in this article. Findings also suggest that enhanced communication of CSR activities provides an opportunity to improve stakeholder accountability within a corporate governance structure and facilitate the development of relational partnerships and networks.

Business of football; communication; corporate social responsibility; football and the community; stakeholder management ; Scottish Premier League

European Sport Management Quarterly: Volume 11, Issue 2

Publication date30/04/2011
PublisherTaylor and Francis