CSR from a strategic perspective : - How Swedbank can develop stakeholder confidence and valueMBA-thesis in marketing - MBA-thesis in marketing

University essay from Högskolan i Gävle/Högskolan i Gävle/Ämnesavdelningen för företagsekonomiInstitutionen för ekonomi


Aim: Problem background -CSR has today increased its strategic status and consumer demand of sustainable development has also increased lately. However, there are still companies that have not adjusted their strategies to fit this swift in demand. This study offers a strategic tool, based on sustainable core competencies, for companies to implement in order to use CSR to boost their business.

Research issue -How can Swedbank increase stakeholder confidence and value?

Delimitations -This study focuses on the concept of integrating CSR work into the strategy and how this could result in added value for the B2B customer of Swedbank Corporate Market.

Method: This study has an abductive approach and the author has collected qualitative primary data in the form of interviews with employees at Swedbank, Sparbanken Nord and with five of Swedbank’s customers from the public sector.

Result & Conclusion: Swedbank needs to re-position their brand with a differentiated strategy, including a supportive vision and Market Communication, in order to gain a competitive advantage, strengthen their image, stakeholder confidence and financial performance. The author recommends the sustainable core competence, “Sparbankssjälen”, in order to deploy an ethical, economical and environmental responsible strategy to implement into all their activities.

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