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Regional CSR Policies and SMEs’ CSR Actions: Mind the Gap—The Case of the Tourism SMEs in Crete

Department of Marketing and Communication, Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens 10434, Greece
Sustainability 2018, 10(7), 2197; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072197
Received: 22 May 2018 / Revised: 13 June 2018 / Accepted: 25 June 2018 / Published: 27 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Islands and Tourism Industry: The Path for a Sustainable Development)
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) actions have the potential to enhance the competitiveness of SMEs. Regional authorities can support the development of SME CSR actions within the framework of their sustainable competiveness agenda. The alignment between regional CSR policy initiatives and SMEs’ CSR needs is crucial for achieving the regional sustainable competitiveness’ goals. We introduce a conceptual framework to facilitate the alignment between regional CSR policies and SMEs’ needs. We use this conceptual framework and the quantitative technique of survey to empirically investigate the alignment of regional CSR policies with the CSR needs of tourism for SMEs in Crete, Greece. The findings indicate gaps between the perceived level and type of support offered by regional CSR policies and the CSR needs of the SMEs. Based on the findings, we provide recommendations to the regional authorities and tourism SMEs in Crete for implementing CSR policies and actions. View Full-Text
Keywords: SMEs; corporate social responsibility (CSR); sustainable competitiveness; public/regional CSR policies SMEs; corporate social responsibility (CSR); sustainable competitiveness; public/regional CSR policies
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Apospori, E. Regional CSR Policies and SMEs’ CSR Actions: Mind the Gap—The Case of the Tourism SMEs in Crete. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2197. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072197

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Apospori E. Regional CSR Policies and SMEs’ CSR Actions: Mind the Gap—The Case of the Tourism SMEs in Crete. Sustainability. 2018; 10(7):2197. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072197

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Apospori, Eleni. 2018. "Regional CSR Policies and SMEs’ CSR Actions: Mind the Gap—The Case of the Tourism SMEs in Crete" Sustainability 10, no. 7: 2197. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072197

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