Corporate Social Responsibility strategies adopted by Micro Finance Institutions: a case study

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Abstract

We hypothesize that, in order to improve their financial performance, Microfinance Institutions (MFI’s) should invest in social empowerment or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes. CSR investments create opportunities to raise savings deposits and reduce default rates among debtors. However, the 2008 credit crunch led many MFI’s to cut back on CSR investments. Using case analysis and interviews, we examine the CSR best practices of uniCredit Ghana Limited MFI. We establish that a single branch used CSR strategies and outperformed the others. We therefore conclude that MFIs should consider CSR investment as a business opportunity rather than an expense.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCorporate Social Responsibility in Times of Crisis
Subtitle of host publicationPractices and Cases from Europe, Africa and the World
EditorsSamuel O. Idowu, Stephen Vertigans, Adriana S. Burlea
PublisherSpringer
Pages247-258
ISBN (Electronic)9783319528397
ISBN (Print)9783319528380
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2017

Publication series

NameCSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance
ISSN (Print)2196-7075
ISSN (Electronic)2196-7083

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