Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a much debated and ever changing topic. From a South African context, one of the most recent means of measuring CSR has been through the use of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) socially responsible investment index (SRII). The JSE SRII was first introduced in 2004 and has grown in popularity and effectiveness since. Included amongst the criteria for inclusion in this index is compliance with black economic empowerment (BEE). The index measures companies against the triple bottom line (environment, society&economy). Companies included in the index are deemed to have good CSR practices. This study evaluates the effects of CSR on the corporate financial performance (CFP) of the top 100 listed companies on the JSE over a 10 year period (2002-2011). The findings of the study suggest that companies not included in the SRII, on average, perform better than SRII companies. The basis of this conclusion is on the analysis of the results of the total return index (TRI), return on assets ratio (ROA) and the net profit margin percentage (NPM).
Dissertation (MCom)--University of Pretoria, 2013.