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Stakeholder salience and environmental responsibility: a cross-industrial comparison

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Corporations have recently started to acknowledge that they cannot tackle their social and environmental responsibilities by themselves. Concepts such as extended producer responsibility and life cycle assessment approaches have drawn attention to the corporate environmental responsibility beyond corporate boundaries. Also, approaches based on the stakeholder theory and industrial ecology extend the discussion of corporate environmental responsibility to sustainability networks. This study explores the salience of different stakeholders for corporate environmental responsibility. Cost efficiency, and value-advantage-seeking approaches to corporate environmental responsibility are contrasted and related to differences in stakeholder salience. Cross-industrial comparisons are made in order to account for significant differences between industries.

Keywords: corporate environmental responsibility, collaboration, stakeholder salience, demand network, environmental responsibility, industrial ecology, strategic sustainable development

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