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A Review of Eco-Innovations and Exports Interrelationship, with Special Reference to International Agrifood Supply Chains

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Foundation for Ancillary Technologies for Agriculture (TECNOVA), 04131 Almería, Spain
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Department of Economics and Business, Mediterranean Research Center on Economics and Sustainable Development, CIMEDES, Agrifood Campus of International Excellence, ceiA3, University of Almería, 04120 Almería, Spain
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Department of Engineering, CIMEDES, University of Almería, 04120 Almería, Spain
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Sustainability 2021, 13(3), 1378; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031378
Received: 22 December 2020 / Revised: 22 January 2021 / Accepted: 25 January 2021 / Published: 28 January 2021
Growing environmental awareness in recent years has led to greater efforts by companies and governments to promote eco-innovation, which is becoming an increasingly competitive factor in international supply chains. However, the interrelationships between exports and eco-innovation have not yet been studied in sufficient depth. As such, the purpose of this work is to analyze the influence that exists between these two variables, both at a business or micro level and at a country/region or macro level, and the most influential factors, such as country of origin and sector of activity, among others. To this end, 60 publications have been reviewed from 1996 to 2019 from a global perspective, to analyze the characteristics that define them and both the existing relationship and impact generated by the two variables being studied within international supply chains. The results show that, in general, there is a positive bidirectional relationship, influenced by several factors, such as social performance, environmental regulation, cooperation strategies, employment level, or business size. Additionally, there is a growing interest in this issue within the agrifood sector, as the benefits of an appropriate environmental policy based on innovation to promote exports are of great importance. Finally, a series of recommendations are made for future research that is able to serve scholars, companies and also policy makers. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable innovation; international supply chains; exports; literature review; agrifood sector sustainable innovation; international supply chains; exports; literature review; agrifood sector
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Galera-Quiles, M.d.C.; Piedra-Muñoz, L.; Galdeano-Gómez, E.; Carreño-Ortega, A. A Review of Eco-Innovations and Exports Interrelationship, with Special Reference to International Agrifood Supply Chains. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1378. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031378

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Galera-Quiles MdC, Piedra-Muñoz L, Galdeano-Gómez E, Carreño-Ortega A. A Review of Eco-Innovations and Exports Interrelationship, with Special Reference to International Agrifood Supply Chains. Sustainability. 2021; 13(3):1378. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031378

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Galera-Quiles, María del Carmen, Laura Piedra-Muñoz, Emilio Galdeano-Gómez, and Angel Carreño-Ortega. 2021. "A Review of Eco-Innovations and Exports Interrelationship, with Special Reference to International Agrifood Supply Chains" Sustainability 13, no. 3: 1378. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031378

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