On The Adoption of Corporate Social Responsibility In Container Terminals: The Case Of Egypt

Karim Sorour, Ahmed El Sakhawy

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Abstract

Egyptian ports play a significant role at both the national and international levels. Nationally more than 90% of the Egyptian foreign trade is transported via ports on the Mediterranean and Red seas. Moreover, the Egyptian ports are located strategically to link the world trade between the east and the west and as such with the development of their container handling terminals, they became today a major player in the world logistic network. However, to maintain their competitiveness, container terminals need to strike a balance between the potentially conflicting interests of a growing number of related stakeholders such as government, shippers, logistic companies, workers, shipping companies and agents. Here, the adoption of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) concept comes into play as an important notion to strategically manage the terminals to achieve the interests of not only shareholders but a wider range of stakeholders. Especially that some of these stakeholders such as container shipping companies are now paying much attention to CSR. Despite, the importance of the CSR concept for the sustainability of the container terminals and more widely the Egyptian ports and although, the last decade has seen many initiatives to investigate the CSR concept in various sectors of the Egyptian economy, the literature has totally ignored the container handling companies. This study aims to fill this gap by assessing the degree of adoption of the CSR concept in the Egyptian container and cargo handling companies through analyzing their mission and vision statements and their online CSR disclosures. The paper shows that the adoption of the CSR concept is still at its infancy and more attention is required to raise the CSR awareness amongst companies to enhance their CSR practices and respective disclosures.

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ConferenceThe International Maritime Transport & Logistics Conference (MARLOG 3), Logisitics Industry in the Arab World: Threats and Opportunities
Period9/03/14 → …
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