The considerable social, economic, legislative and political changes that have marked the agri-food sector over time have brought about new needs related to the ethical-social and environmental field. These requirements have imposed on organizations operating in the sector a change in their organizational and management models. In this context, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has assumed great importance in the context of the new managerial logic of agri-food companies, outlining a management model based on balancing the interests of all stakeholders, thanks to integration of traditional economic objectives with others environmental and social. This paper aims to examine, in the first part, the path that has characterized the enlargement of the corporate vision and the related responsibilities, towards aspects related to the ethical, social and environmental dimension, in the Italian agri-food sector. Subsequently, the current approach to CSR was outlined through a review of the main tools implemented. This in order to evaluate the opportunities that may derive from a strategic orientation aimed at building the sustainability of organizations in its triple dimension: economic, environmental and social. Finally, the main critical elements that hinder the dissemination of CSR tools in agri-food organizations have been outlined.
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