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Contents Perspectives, Drivers, and a Roadmap for Corporate Social Responsibility in the Textile and Clothing Industry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 M ô nica Cavalcanti S á de Abreu The Sustainable Apparel Coalition and the Higg Index . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Shanthi Radhakrishnan Making the Connection Between the United Nations Global Compact Code of Conduct for the Textile and Fashion Sector and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition Higg Index (2.0) . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Miguel Á ngel Gardetti Environmental Adaptation by Small and Medium Sized Textile and Garment Companies in Vietnam Is Governance an Issue? . . . . . 87 Nga H. Nguyen, Robert J.S. Beeton, Anthony Halog and An T. Duong Sustainable Measures Taken by Brands, Retailers, and Manufacturers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Thilak Vadicherla and D. Saravanan Development of Eco-labels for Sustainable Textiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 A.K. Roy Choudhury Ecolabels and Organic Certi fi cation for Textile Products . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Luis Almeida ix
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Perspectives, Drivers, and a Roadmap for Corporate Social Responsibility in the Textile and Clothing Industry M ô nica Cavalcanti S á de Abreu Abstract This chapter presents an overview of concepts, drivers, outcomes, and practices related to corporate social responsibility (CSR). It provides a roadmap that can guide managers in introducing CSR to their companies. In recent years, the textile and clothing industry has become more globally competitive, yet enormous gaps remain in the quest to promote and attain economic and social development that is more equitable and more environmentally grounded. Social, economic, political, and legal factors affect countries differently and result in different insti- tutional dynamics and organizational behaviors. This has led to different CSR approaches among countries. Getting textile and clothing fi rms even better engaged in CSR requires ongoing efforts in conjunction with governments and society. CSR progress will be limited until the overall regulatory system is updated to provide stronger institutions and improved governance mechanisms. However, CSR establishes a new way of doing business that combines success and the creation of value through a respectful and proactive attitude towards stakeholders. Keywords Corporate social responsibility Á Corporate governance Á Environmental management Á Stakeholders 1 Introduction The key question that must guide corporate social responsibility (CSR) is the con- tribution that a business should make to society. Steiner and Steiner ( 2009 ) answered this question by de fi ning CSR as the duty of a fi rm to create wealth in ways that avoid harm to or enhance societal assets and the environment. The fundamental idea M.C.S. de Abreu ( & ) Business Department, Federal University of Ceará, Av. da Universidade, 2470, Fortaleza, Ceará 60020-180, Brazil e-mail: [email protected] © Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2015 S.S. Muthu (ed.), Roadmap to Sustainable Textiles and Clothing , Textile Science and Clothing Technology, DOI 10.1007/978-981-287-164-0_1 1
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is that fi rms have responsibilities that go beyond lawful execution of their economic functions. The overall performance of a fi rm must bene fi t society.
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