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The linkage between corporate social responsibility and the main benefits obtained from the integration of multiple management systems in Bangladesh

Subrata Talapatra (Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) Department, Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET), Khulna, Bangladesh)
Kutub Uddin (Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department, Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET), Khulna, Bangladesh)
Manuel Doiro (Department of Business Organization and Marketing, Vigo University, Vigo, Spain)
Gilberto Santos (Department of Industrial and Product Design, Design School, Polytechnic Institute Cavado Ave, Barcelos, Portugal)

Social Responsibility Journal

ISSN: 1747-1117

Article publication date: 25 April 2022

Issue publication date: 5 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this study is to investigate the perceived benefits offered by integrated management system (IMS) in the readymade garments (RMG) sector in Bangladesh and the respective linkage with corporate social responsibility (CSR) to promote sustainable development. This study presents a list of IMS benefits composed of different international management standards according to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, OSHAS 18001: 2007 and SA 8000:2014.

Design/methodology/approach

To identify the possible benefits of IMS, a systematic literature review was conducted from 2009 to 2019, namely, in the database of Elsevier, Emerald and John Wiley. A questionnaire survey was developed with the purpose of examining the perceived main benefits of IMS. The questionnaire was e-mailed to 355 representatives of 15 RMG sectors in Bangladesh. A total of 256 complete and useable responses were received, constituting the base of this work. Subsequently, statistical analysis was conducted using SPSS 20 software.

Findings

The main findings of the present study show that the most important five benefits of IMS in RMG sector in Bangladesh are better capacity to achieve organization’s objectives, optimum use of various resources, business sustainability, synergies of different management policies and reduction of duplication efforts.

Practical implications

Two major limitations of the study are as follows: first, it is not a longitudinal study; second, IMS benefits were examined in the national sector context. The present study has both theoretical and practical implications. The study presents a comprehensive list of IMS benefits that contribute to the existing literature from a theoretical point of view. On the other hand and from a practical point of view, this study encourages managers to implement IMS in their organizations.

Originality/value

This study helps in understanding the contribution of IMS benefits to cleaner production and CSR in Bangladesh. The focus on the benefits of IMS in the RMG sector in Bangladesh is another significant aspect of this study because it promotes the development of environmental policies linked to CSR with stakeholder engagement, as a driver to sustainable development.

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Citation

Talapatra, S., Uddin, K., Doiro, M. and Santos, G. (2023), "The linkage between corporate social responsibility and the main benefits obtained from the integration of multiple management systems in Bangladesh", Social Responsibility Journal, Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 79-100. https://doi.org/10.1108/SRJ-09-2020-0390

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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