Title: Integrating corporate social responsibility and intellectual capital report: a small sample research

Authors: Stefania Veltri; Maria Teresa Nardo

Addresses: Department of Business Administration, University of Calabria, 87036, Arcavacata di Rende (CS), Calabria, Italy ' Department of Business Administration, University of Calabria, 87036, Arcavacata di Rende (CS), Calabria, Italy

Abstract: The article illustrates the empirical experiences of some Italian companies which started to integrate social and intangible issues in their voluntary corporate communication report. The main aims of this paper are two-fold. Firstly, using a small sample of companies disclosing their intangibles in a single document, the article describes some general trends in the direction of integrating corporate communication reports. Secondly, using an integrated approach in examining the effects of the investigated case studies on the Italian context, the article provides evidence of how the experiences of companies following a strong integration between CSR and IC report can contribute to model the development of a territory, that of Italy, which is characterised by a low national intellectual capital value, and it is in this that the main originality of the paper lies. The general findings go in the same direction: integrating intangibles' disclosure in a single document offers advantages for companies and for the context within which companies operate. The main limit of the research lies in the small sample of companies examined. However, the study can provide an impulse for further research on larger samples.

Keywords: corporate social responsibility; CSR; voluntary disclosure; Italy; social issues; intangible issues; voluntary reports; corporate reports; communication reports; corporate communications; intangibles disclosure; integrated approaches; territorial developments; territories; low intellectual capital value; national intellectual capital value; single documents; Sabaf; Box Marche; Brembo; Italia Lavoro; Aimag; Mediolanum Group; Social cooperative Universiis; chambers of commerce; Verbano Cusio Ossola; University of Trieste; University of Ferrara; universities; higher education; automotive products; financial services; packaging; public utilities; social services; knowledge-based development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKBD.2013.052490

International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 2013 Vol.4 No.1, pp.5 - 18

Available online: 04 Mar 2013 *

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