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Exploring the business logic behind CSR certifications
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0826-7052
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7334-2480
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8220-6085
Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.
2020 (English)In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 112, p. 521-530Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research shows that CSR certification motives span from being symbolic to substantive. Prior studies have mainly focused on the differences between firms that hold and do not hold CSR certificates. This study explores if the extent of CSR certification is related to different business logic amongst firms who hold CSR certificates. The study utilizes full sample data from the Swedish commercial real estate industry to analyze the variance in motives and performance among firms with CSR certificates. The results indicate that firms that have a substantive CSR commitment have a business logic that entails a holistic and long-term perspective on both financial and CSR performance. However, substantive CSR commitment comes with greater staffing costs and lower financial returns as opposed to those of firms that obtain CSR certificates based on symbolic motives.

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New York: ELSEVIER SCIENCE , 2020. Vol. 112, p. 521-530
Keywords [en]
CSR, Certification, Sustainability, Business logic, Real estate industry
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Business Administration
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Industrial Economics and Organisations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-47099DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.11.046ISI: 000527393100048OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-47099DiVA, id: diva2:1394876
Available from: 2020-02-20 Created: 2020-02-20 Last updated: 2020-05-07Bibliographically approved

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