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“We should educate the public that cosmetic procedures are as safe as normal medicine”: Understanding corporate social responsibility from the perspective of the cosmetic procedures industry

Craddock, Nadia; Spotswood, Fiona; Rumsey, Nichola; Diedrichs, Phillippa Claire

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Authors

Nadia Craddock

Fiona Spotswood



Abstract

The cosmetic procedures industry is profitable and expanding. Through its premise and promotion, the industry contributes to unrealistic societal appearance pressures considered harmful to body image. In the context of limited regulation, there is an uneasy reliance on businesses in the sector to act in a socially responsible way. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) refers to voluntary business practices designed to benefit society, and engagement in CSR is shaped by extrinsic and intrinsic drivers. This study aimed to explore how senior UK industry professionals view CSR as it applies to their sector and to body image. Findings from 14 semi-structured interviews show that participants’ understanding of CSR was limited to a myopic focus on patients. Little reflexivity was demonstrated in relation to the industry's responsibilities concerning negative body image in society. More broadly, the drivers of socially responsible practice were overwhelmingly extrinsic – oftentimes explicitly linked to bolstering or protecting company and/ or industry reputation. Participants, acknowledging a lack of intrinsic motivation for CSR across the sector, were largely in support of greater regulation. This research contributes to understandings of how the adoption of a CSR agenda might combine with regulatory efforts to curb the industry's impact on negative body image.

Citation

Craddock, N., Spotswood, F., Rumsey, N., & Diedrichs, P. C. (2022). “We should educate the public that cosmetic procedures are as safe as normal medicine”: Understanding corporate social responsibility from the perspective of the cosmetic procedures industry. Body Image, 43, 75-86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2022.08.011

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 17, 2022
Online Publication Date Sep 2, 2022
Publication Date Dec 1, 2022
Deposit Date Oct 27, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Body Image
Print ISSN 1740-1445
Electronic ISSN 1873-6807
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Pages 75-86
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2022.08.011
Keywords General Psychology; Applied Psychology; Social Psychology, Cosmetic procedures, Cosmetic surgery, Cosmetic procedures industry, Elite interviews, Corporate social responsibility, CSR, Body image
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/9969867
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1740144522001541?via%3Dihub
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: “We should educate the public that cosmetic procedures are as safe as normal medicine”: Understanding corporate social responsibility from the perspective of the cosmetic procedures industry; Journal Title: Body Image; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2022.08.011; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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