SA8000 as CSR-Washing? The Role of Stakeholder Pressures

22 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2016

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Olivier Boiral

Université Laval

Iñaki Heras‐Saizarbitoria

University of the Basque Country

Francesco Testa

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa - Institute of Management

Date Written: December 25, 2015

Abstract

This article analyzes the extent to which stakeholder pressure contributes to the CSR-washing phenomena and its impact on the organizational outcomes. To that end, this work analyzes the relationships involved using primary data obtained from a survey of 130 Italian organizations that have implemented the SA8000 international CSR standard. The article contributes to both the theoretical and empirical literature on CSR-washing by proposing an integrated approach that sheds more light on the driving factors behind and outcomes from the internationalization of a well-defined and comprehensively monitored set of CSR practices, namely the SA8000 standard. The implications for managers, policy makers and other stakeholders are discussed.

Keywords: Stakeholder Pressures, bluewashing, decoupling, CSR-washing, CSR standards, SA8000

JEL Classification: M1

Suggested Citation

Boiral, Olivier and Heras-Saizarbitoria, Iñaki and Testa, Francesco, SA8000 as CSR-Washing? The Role of Stakeholder Pressures (December 25, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2851342 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2851342

Olivier Boiral

Université Laval ( email )

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Iñaki Heras-Saizarbitoria (Contact Author)

University of the Basque Country ( email )

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Donostia, 20018
Spain

Francesco Testa

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa - Institute of Management ( email )

Piazza Martiri della Libertà, 24
Pisa, Pisa 56124
Italy

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