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The Life Cycle of Corporate Social Responsibility in Agri-Food: Value Creation Models

Concetta Nazzaro (), Marcello Stanco () and Giuseppe Marotta ()
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Concetta Nazzaro: Department of Law, Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods, University of Sannio, 82100 Benevento, Italy
Marcello Stanco: Department of Law, Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods, University of Sannio, 82100 Benevento, Italy
Giuseppe Marotta: Department of Law, Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods, University of Sannio, 82100 Benevento, Italy

Sustainability, 2020, vol. 12, issue 4, 1-1

Abstract: This paper contributes to the theoretical debate in agri-food economics focusing on corporate social responsibility. Specifically, it aims to define an interpretative model of the processes of social responsibility and value creation in the food industry. An empirical investigation was conducted using an analysis of case studies—representative of sustainable innovation and social responsibility models—as well as in-depth interviews and focus groups with managers of food industries and the sector’s experts. The paper focuses on a topic that has yet to be analysed in agri-food economics literature: corporate social responsibility as a value-creating strategy. Further, it proposes a life cycle model of social responsibility in business processes. The study findings reveal that corporate social responsibility actions may affect the agri-food process and/or the product. Specifically, the investigated case studies reveal that the production sector in which a company operates strongly influences its orientation towards one or more corporate social responsibility dimensions. This study’s results contribute to the debate on the topic and provide useful insights for practitioners and policy-makers.

Keywords: corporate social responsibility; life cycle; sustainable innovation; food companies; value creation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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