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Sustainability 2014, 6(2), 872-893; doi:10.3390/su6020872
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Corporate Social Responsibility and Competitiveness within SMEs of the Fashion Industry: Evidence from Italy and France

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Received: 30 December 2013 / Revised: 29 January 2014 / Accepted: 11 February 2014 / Published: 21 February 2014
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Abstract

Our paper analyses the link between the adoption of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and competitiveness performance among small and medium enterprises operating in the fashion industry. The study refers to a sample of 213 SMEs (Small and Medium sized Enterprises) located in Italy and France and is based on a correlation analysis between competitiveness variables and the CSR practice adopted. The results show a significant correlation with regard to the innovation process, both from the technical and the organizational point of view, and the intangible performances. On the other hand, another competitiveness macro-category, which is the market performance (measured as demand trend, turnover and business attraction), presents deceptive results, although a positive correlation with the adoption of market-oriented CSR practice emerges. The study is explorative and represents a relevant basis to future studies concerning the nature of the emerged co-relations.
Keywords: competitiveness; corporate social responsibility; fashion industry; SMEs; textile competitiveness; corporate social responsibility; fashion industry; SMEs; textile
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Battaglia, M.; Testa, F.; Bianchi, L.; Iraldo, F.; Frey, M. Corporate Social Responsibility and Competitiveness within SMEs of the Fashion Industry: Evidence from Italy and France. Sustainability 2014, 6, 872-893.

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