Corporate crime and the discourse of social responsibility: inconsistencies, contradictions and indifference in the corporation dialogue with stakeholders

Abstract In order to be accountable to its stakeholders, corporations produce socio-environmental responsibility discourses, claiming that they are part of their corporate values. However, such discourses are challenged whenever corporate-crime practices occur. The aim of this paper is to analyse socio-environmental responsibility discourses of a corporation involved in environmental corporate crimes to identify how discourse and organizational practice relate to each other. Using documentary research as a method of procedure, the analysis indicates that the dialogue between the corporation and the community is characterized by inconsistency, contradiction and indifference.