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Differences in sustainability practices and stakeholder involvement

Sergio Bulgacov (Management and Human Resources Department, EAESP-FGV, São Paulo, Brazil)
Maria Paola Ometto (EAESP-FGV, São Paulo, Brazil)
Márcia Ramos May (Management Department, UFPR - Universidade Federal do Paraná, Paraná, Brazil)

Social Responsibility Journal

ISSN: 1747-1117

Article publication date: 2 March 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

This research aims to describe sustainability practices adopted by companies and the influence they have with the involvement of stakeholders.

Design/methodology/approach

Qualitative investigation, using case study methodology, was undertaken in 17 companies that use strategic sustainability practices in some way. The companies were observed under the theoretical perspective of social responsibility and sustainability, and with the approach of strategic practices.

Findings

Interpreting the data produces an alternative framework of analysis for strategic organizational activities oriented toward the understanding of practices of sustainability, especially in processes aimed at catering to and/or involving stakeholders. The research further supports the idea that sustainability practices, regardless of their level of implementation, have a strong relationship, in these companies, with stakeholder interests.

Originality/value

The intent is that the proposed analytical framework will allow further debate toward better understanding of actions focused on environmental determinism and internal company conditions.

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Citation

Bulgacov, S., Ometto, M.P. and May, M.R. (2015), "Differences in sustainability practices and stakeholder involvement", Social Responsibility Journal, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 149-160. https://doi.org/10.1108/SRJ-02-2013-0023

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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