Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 79, Issue 1–2, pp 167–177 | Cite as

Corporate Social Responsibility and Crony Capitalism in Taiwan

  • Po-Keung Ip


Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become increasingly popular in advanced economies in the West. In contrast, CSR awareness in Asia is rather low, both on the corporate and state level. However, recent events have shown that the CSR is receiving more attention by corporations in Asia. Recent development in CSR in Taiwan is one example of such a trend. A 2005 survey on the 700 publicly listed companies in Taiwan on␣CSR has highlighted the current CSR situation. Concurrently, the numbers of corporate scandals and corruption have dramatically increased over the past 6 years. Corporate CSR activities co-existing with pervasive corporate scandals create a phenomenon of contradictions. This article aims to report via the survey findings the current development of business ethics in corporate Taiwan; and to interpret the findings in context of Taiwan’s business ethos, especially its Confucian familism and crony capitalism.


corporate social responsibility corruption Confucian familism crony capitalism 


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The author thanks the publisher of the Global View Magazine for permission to access and use the survey data for writing this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate Institute of PhilosophyNational Central UniversityJhongliTaiwan

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