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Staying Legitimate in a Changing Climate: A Framework for Studying Corporate Climate Change Communication

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Corporate Social Responsibility in a Dynamic Global Environment

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Oil and gas companies operate in a controversial industry that is under increasing stakeholder pressure as their products, when burned, are the main cause of global warming. Thus, it is imperative to deepen our knowledge of how these companies communicate their climate-related stance and performance. With this intention, I conducted an integrative literature review with the aim of defining and positioning the concept of corporate climate change communication and developing a conceptual framework that could be utilized to systematically examine the presence and hierarchy of climate information on the companies’ websites, annual reports, and sustainability reports. More deeply, this framework can be utilized to study the presentation of such information; whether it permits stakeholder dialogue; which themes, stakeholders, and external performance criteria are mentioned; and the extent to which the companies utilize symbolic and substantive legitimation strategies.

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The author thanks the anonymous reviewer for their insightful comments and feedback. The author would also like to thank Roel van Veen, Dr. Maryja Šupa, and Professor Wim Elving, for their valuable feedback on an earlier version of this paper. The author would like to acknowledge as well that this paper is based on a broader research project carried out as partial fulfilment of a master’s degree from Hanze University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands, and Vilnius University, Lithuania.

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Allam, M.A.F. (2023). Staying Legitimate in a Changing Climate: A Framework for Studying Corporate Climate Change Communication. In: Arraiano, I.G., Díaz, B., Del Baldo, M., Schmidpeter, R., Idowu, S.O. (eds) Corporate Social Responsibility in a Dynamic Global Environment. CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-24647-0_4

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