Enterprise’s Trust in Stakeholders: For a New Culture of Sustainability. Investigation on Companies Listed on the Italian Stock Exchange
Katia Giusepponi – University of Macerata, Department of Education, Cultural Heritage and Tourism, P.le Bertelli, c.da Vallebona, 62100 Macerata, Italy
7th International Scientific ERAZ Conference – ERAZ 2021 – Conference Proceedings: KNOWLEDGE BASED SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, Online/virtual, May 27, 2021
ERAZ Conference Proceedings published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans – Belgrade, Serbia
ERAZ conference partners: Faculty of Economics and Business, Mediterranean University, Montenegro; University of National and World Economy – Sofia, Bulgaria; Faculty of Commercial and Business Studies – Celje, Slovenia; AMBIS University, Prague – Czech Republic; Faculty of Applied Management, Economics and Finance – Belgrade, Serbia
ERAZ Conference 2021 Conference Proceedings: ISBN 978-86-80194-46-2, ISSN 2683-5568, DOI: https://doi.org/10.31410/ERAZ.2021
Abstract: The premise of this study is that the essence and concreteness of stakeholder engagement, within sustainability practices, derive from the trust attributed by the company to the value of stakeholder contribution in terms of ideas, points of view and evaluation. The significance of stakeholder engagement processes and results expressed by the company is therefore a signal of this trust, indicator which can be identified and appraised by studying the corporate sustainability reporting systems. The work highlights the findings of an investigation carried out in this field, with the focus on the sustainability reports of large Italian listed companies. Alongside relevant positive examples, some areas of resistance to fully inclusive approaches emerge. Elements of reflection arise from this, in the perspective of the evolution of the corporate culture in terms of integrated sustainability, and quality of business decisions.
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