The role of corporate social responsibility to create positive positioning in the branding of a country and particular to Pakistan.

Purpose:The purpose of our thesis to focus on relationship between CSR and country branding that how CSR helps to create soft image of a country and become part of country’s branding strategy. We also investigated the case of Pakistan that how CSR can play a role in branding Pakistan by the help of corporate sector in close collaboration with government.
Methods:On the basis of our research area we used qualitative approach. The secondary data have been collected through literature review of research papers, magazines, websites and books. The primary data have been collected by conducting interviews and considering Sweden as case.
Result/output:As a result of our research we have presented a model of relationship between CSR and country branding in general. Then we also presented a customize model for Pakistan.
Conclusion and Recommendations:
We have interpreted and analyzed the collected data together with theories and thereafter drawn the conclusion that CSR is successfully adopted by many countries but not considered as part of country’s branding strategy. As it is having vital role in creating soft image of a country by having positive impact on society and environment, so it
should be a part of country’s branding program. To achieve this target, close collaboration of government and corporate sector is necessary. Pakistan’s corporate sector also needs to have collaboration with government to effectively implement the CSR program in the country…

Author: Aamir Sohail, Kashif Shahzad, Ishtiaq Ahmad.

Source: Blekinge Institute of Technology

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