Title: Green economy and social responsibility in the Italian agri-food sector: the focus on the wine sector

Authors: Fabio Michele Amatucci; Anna Maria Pascale; Maria Carmela Serluca

Addresses: Department of Law, Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods, University of Sannio, Via N. delle Puglie 82, 82100 Benevento, Italy ' Department of Law, Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods, University of Sannio, Via N. delle Puglie 82, 82100 Benevento, Italy ' Department of Law, Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods, University of Sannio, Via N. delle Puglie 82, 82100 Benevento, Italy

Abstract: This paper aims at investigating the reasons why the environmental variable and issues, such as sustainability, social responsibility and all those behaviours that can be attributed to the general definition of green economy, are generally covering a more and more marked and growing influence on the contemporary economy and, in particular, entrepreneurial behaviour. Our intention is to underline how the integration between business ethics and value creation has become inescapable for the business realities, not only to withstand the competition, but also to ensure the survival itself. After a general overview, it has been decided to focus the analysis on the impact that these issues have on a sector such as agri-food in general and wine in particular. The objective of this work was to highlight the importance, for contemporary business realities, to pursue the integration of the social and corporate strategies, including environmental performance, economic results and competitive enterprise.

Keywords: sustainability; quality management systems; QMS; consumer behaviour; wine industry; green economy; social responsibility; sustainable entrepreneurship; Italy; agri-food sector; business ethics; value creation; social strategies; corporate strategies; sustainable development; agribusiness.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGSB.2015.072691

International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business, 2015 Vol.7 No.3/4, pp.234 - 246

Available online: 24 Oct 2015 *

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