Marketing strategies in communicating CSR in the Muslim market of the United Arab Emirates: insights from the banking sector
Source of Publication
Journal of Islamic Marketing
This paper aims to explore the online corporate social responsibility (CSR) communication by domestic and global banks operating in the United Arab Emirates.
Through a qualitative content analysis, the study examines the strategies banks use to market their CSR initiatives on their corporate websites. CSR marketing strategies are classified with reference to Kotler and Lee’s (2005) categorization.
The analysis indicates that overall, all CSR marketing strategies, as proposed by Kotler and Lee (2005), are used by the domestic UAE banks with the most frequently used being cause-promotion, philanthropy and socially responsible business practices. Government owned and conventional banks display patterns congruent to the communications observed in the global sample. Islamic banks have a less diversified approach relying mostly on philanthropy with only one Islamic bank using four of the six strategies.
The present study provides insight into how CSR is communicated within one of the largest industries in the fast-growing economy of the UAE. The observations reported here could help corporate communication practitioners and managers in domestic corporations that contribute to the Islamic economy to understand how to benchmark better and to communicate more effectively about their CSR.
Emerald Publishing Limited
Business | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Banks, Corporate websites, CSR communication, Emerging economies, Islamic economies, Marketing strategies, UAE, United Arab Emirates
Georgiadou, Effrosyni and Nickerson, Catherine, "Marketing strategies in communicating CSR in the Muslim market of the United Arab Emirates: insights from the banking sector" (2021). All Works. 4279.
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