CSR in SMEs: do SMEs matter for the CSR agenda?
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2008
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Business Ethics: A European Review
Volume 18, Issue 1, pages 1–6, January 2009
How to Cite
Morsing, M. and Perrini, F. (2009), CSR in SMEs: do SMEs matter for the CSR agenda?. Business Ethics: A European Review, 18: 1–6. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8608.2009.01544.x
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2008
In this paper we argue that the collective grandness of small business is often underestimated in CSR research and policy-making. We emphasize the importance of understanding the contexts and the ways in which small- and medium-sized companies engage in CSR and how they differ from multinational companies. We suggest that it might be that researchers and practitioners are asking the wrong questions in their ambitions to prove ‘the business case for CSR’. Perhaps we should rather focus on the ‘how’ and the ‘with what impact’ questions to understand better the SME engagement in CSR.