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Circular Economy & Social Inequalities

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 3962

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Department of Social Sciences, Catholic University of Murcia, 30107 Murcia, Spain
Interests: corporate social responsibility
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Department of Contemporary Humanities, University of Alicante, 03698 Alicante, Spain
Interests: social sustainability; social exclusion; labor relations
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

One of the main goals of circular economy is to mitigate, reduce and eliminate the negative externalities of the current linear economy model. Among these externalities is the creation of social inequalities. In this sense, we believe that it is important to connect and relate typical variables of the circular economy paradigm with those specific and derived from economic and social inequality.

This special edition aims at showing the value of research from different areas of knowledge to learn how solutions can be generated to help reducing the current differences in inequality that exist in the world.

We want to encourage academics to submit research papers that value concepts and solutions so that different public powers and other decision-making actors can create new instruments and solutions that help meeting the sustainable Development goals of the UN (SDG) for the period from today to 2030, so that a new conceptual theoretical framework is created that helps to generate a more sustainable society with fewer social inequalities.

Prof. Dr. Juan Victor Meseguer Sánchez
Prof. Dr. Valentín Molina-Moreno
Prof. Dr. Gabriel López-Martínez
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Keywords

  • Inequality
  • Triple bottom line
  • Gini Index
  • Shared value social
  • 17 SDG/ODS
  • Circular economy
  • Social awareness
  • Social-environmental reports
  • Case studies
  • Performance indicators KPI
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Millennium goals
  • Socially responsible companies
  • Energy poverty
  • Pharmaceutical poverty
  • Gender poverty
  • Educational poverty.
  • Environmental awareness
  • University corporate social responsibility
  • Personal social responsibility
  • Inefficient income distribution
  • Food poverty / inequality
  • Social margination

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17 pages, 1927 KiB  
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Assessment of the Mandatory Non-Financial Reporting of Romanian Companies in the Circular Economy Context
by Camelia-Daniela Hategan, Ruxandra-Ioana Pitorac and Nicoleta-Daniela Milu
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(24), 12899; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182412899 - 7 Dec 2021
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Between the circular economy and corporate social responsibility, there is an ever-closer connection. Non-financial reporting of social responsibility actions is based on the circular economy concept, so reporting contributes to increasing the level of disclosure of circular strategies. In this context, large companies [...] Read more.
Between the circular economy and corporate social responsibility, there is an ever-closer connection. Non-financial reporting of social responsibility actions is based on the circular economy concept, so reporting contributes to increasing the level of disclosure of circular strategies. In this context, large companies are required to report non-financial information to understand their activities better. The paper’s objective is to assess the mandatory non-financial reporting of Romanian companies active in the non-financial sector for 2017–2019. The empirical analysis consisted of creating and awarding an evaluation score to the reports of the companies. An econometric model was tested using a feasible generalized least squares (FGLS) regression to identify the link of the obtained Score with a series of variables representing the characteristics of the companies: Information on a website (I), Foreign ownership (F), Private ownership (P), Listed company (L), Return on assets (ROA), and Return on equity (ROE). Research results highlight a positive correlation between Score and all variables statistically significant in the model. Our study empirically validated the link between non-financial reporting and financial performance. The practical implications for managers can be to focus on improving the quality of non-financial reporting by better presenting the sustainability actions in a circular economy context. Full article
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