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CSR and the Supply Chain: Effects on the Results of the SME

Version 1 : Received: 30 May 2018 / Approved: 31 May 2018 / Online: 31 May 2018 (11:07:55 CEST)

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Valdez-Juárez, L.E.; Gallardo-Vázquez, D.; Ramos-Escobar, E.A. CSR and the Supply Chain: Effects on the Results of SMEs. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2356. Valdez-Juárez, L.E.; Gallardo-Vázquez, D.; Ramos-Escobar, E.A. CSR and the Supply Chain: Effects on the Results of SMEs. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2356.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2018, 10, 2356
DOI: 10.3390/su10072356

Abstract

Currently, companies and SMEs (small and medium enterprises) are looking to be more competitive. In order to achieve this, they are adopting new business models and strategies that allow them to move towards sustainability. Strategies such as CSR (Corporate social responsibility) and supply chain management have become essential for ensuring a company’s permanence and financial consolidation. The literature has stated that the theories of Stakeholders and Sustainability are fundamental pillars for the development and sustained growth of business. The purpose of this article is to examine the effects of CSR and the SC (supply chain) on innovation, image and reputation, and in turn, their influences on profitability in SMEs. This research is based on a sample of 143 companies in the city of Guaymas Sonora, in Mexico. For the analysis and validation of the results, we used the SEM (Structural Equation Modeling) statistical technique based on the variance, through PLS (Partial Least Squares) (using SmartPLS version 3.2.6 Professional). The findings show that SMEs that develop social and sustainable practices increase their level of innovation, and improve their image, their reputation, and their financial profitability. This work contributes mainly to the development of Stakeholders and Sustainability.

Subject Areas

corporate social responsibility; CSR; supply chain; SC; image; reputation; stakeholders; innovation; small and medium enterprises; SMEs

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