Corporate Social Responsibility in Romanian SMEs: A Research Note on the Case of the Arges County

By Georgeta Grigore, Corina Grigore and Gheorghe Grigore.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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While corporate social responsibility (CSR) has traditionally been the domain of the corporate sector, recognition of the growing significance of the Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (SME) has led to an emphasis on their social and environmental impact, illustrated by an increasing number of initiatives aimed at engaging them in the CSR agenda. CSR has been largely associated with large companies while SMEs have received less attention in this area, especially in developing countries. This study aims to emphasise how the CSR concept is perceived by the Romanian SMEs, explore the awareness and identify the most common practices, if any. Thirty five SMEs from the Romanian Arges county randomly selected were interviewed using qualitative methods (focus group) and individual observation. The findings showed that all the companies have been engaged in socially responsible activities but only a small number of SMEs acknowledged explicitly having been involved and adopted a conscious responsible behaviour towards business sustainability, growth and society. None of the SMEs interviewed had a social report or any other form of reporting. In terms of the main domains for social involvement, this varies from one SME to the other based on their field of activity but most of them tended to engage towards the educational component. The study aims to draw attention on the potential of CSR practices among the SMEs in order to create positive change in an emergent environment with a view to business sustainability and growth.

Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Involvement, SMEs

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.259-272. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.221MB).

Georgeta Grigore

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business Management and Marketing, Constantin Brancoveanu University, Pitesti, Arges, Romania

Georgeta Grigore became a member of the faculty of Constantin Brancoveanu University, Romania, in 2008. Her thesis and field of interest are centered on corporate social responsibility with a particular view to the SMEs sector in developing countries, together with corporate governance and business ethics concerns. She has participated in several international conferences both in Romania and abroad and published several articles and two books on CSR field.

Corina Grigore

Postgraduate Student, MPA Programme, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

Corina Grigore is currently graduating with a dual degree in MPA (Master in Public Administration) specializing in Public and Economic Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Sciences Po, Paris. Her backgound is in Economics and Business Administration. Her interests are in economic and territorial development, multi-level economic governance and corporate social responsibility. She has participated in several international conferences, seminars and summer programmes.

Gheorghe Grigore

Lecturer PhD, Faculty of Finance, Constantin Brancoveanu University, Pitesti, Arges, Romania

Gheorghe Grigore is a lecturer Dr. At the Faculty of Finance and Accounting, Constantin Brancoveanu University, Romania. His interests are in public finance, managerial accounting, auditing. He has participated in several international conferences and published several articles and books in his areas of interest.

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