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Sustainability 2015, 7(4), 4120-4130;

Social Values and Sustainability: A Survey on Drivers, Barriers and Benefits of SA8000 Certification in Italian Firms

Department of Business Studies, Roma Tre University, Via Silvio D'Amico, 77, 00145 Rome, Italy
Management Department, "Sapienza" University of Rome, Via del Castro Laurenziano 9, 00161 Rome, Italy
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 31 October 2014 / Revised: 18 March 2015 / Accepted: 31 March 2015 / Published: 8 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Companies are increasingly required to deal with sustainability issues through the adoption of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices. Among the different CSR aspects, workers securities fulfill a necessary issue. SA8000 is an internationally accepted tool that aims to guarantee decent workplace across all industrial sectors. Italian companies represent more than 30% of certified organizations on a global level. Company size is a key factor in the definition of managerial strategies. A survey that involved more than 600 SA8000 certified companies has been conducted. Company dimension has been used as a parameter to interpret survey results. The aspects analyzed mainly consisted of drivers, barriers and benefits in SA8000 certification pathway. The study showed a high level of homogeneity among firms. According to SA8000 requirements, one of the main issues is the implementation of control and awareness mechanisms addressed to suppliers. Survey results highlight that all respondents recognize the importance of suppliers’ involvement, considered as one of the most difficult phases in implementing certification. However, there were no significant differences among Micro, Small, Medium and Large companies. View Full-Text
Keywords: SA8000; Corporate Social Responsibility; CSR; Survey; Italy SA8000; Corporate Social Responsibility; CSR; Survey; Italy

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Merli, R.; Preziosi, M.; Massa, I. Social Values and Sustainability: A Survey on Drivers, Barriers and Benefits of SA8000 Certification in Italian Firms. Sustainability 2015, 7, 4120-4130.

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