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Corporate Social Responsibility in Agribusiness: Literature Review and Future Research Directions

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Changes in social framework conditions, accelerated by globalization or political inventions, have created new societal demands and requirements on companies. The concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is often considered a potential tool for meeting societal demands and criticism as a company voluntarily takes responsibility for society. The spotlight of public attention has only recently come to focus on agribusiness-related aspects of CSR. It is therefore the objective of this paper to provide an overview and a critical examination of the current state of research into CSR in agribusiness from different perspectives. Upon that this paper goals to define CSR special cases in agribusiness and derive implications for further research. CSR in agribusiness is a multi-dimensional and complex concept, which is sensitive to ongoing exchange processes between companies and stakeholders. We conclude with the special position of CSR in agribusiness and that future research should focus on adding value to industry-specific CSR aspects in the general CSR framework borrowed from management literature. Explorative fieldwork such as expert interviews with different stakeholders might be suitable for gaining insights into agribusiness-specific aspects of CSR in firms.

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  1. In the remainder of the paper, we follow the common definition of agribusiness in the literature: Agribusiness is a sector comprising all upstream and downstream industries involved in the production of agricultural and food products (Strecker et al. 1996).

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The publication was funded as part of the project ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ by the Federal Ministry for Nutrition and Agriculture and the Federal Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (Grant Number: 2812HS018).

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Luhmann, H., Theuvsen, L. Corporate Social Responsibility in Agribusiness: Literature Review and Future Research Directions. J Agric Environ Ethics 29, 673–696 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10806-016-9620-0

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