In Search of Sustainability? SMEs in Brittany, France

  • Sarah HudsonEmail author
  • Julia Roloff
Part of the The International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics Book Series book series (ISBEE, volume 2)


Research on the CSR practice of SMEs suggests that the activities chosen by companies strongly reflect the political, social and economic environment in which they work. This chapter investigates CSR practices among SMEs in Brittany, France, and focuses in particular on the factors which help and hinder CSR engagement. A framework for analysis is developed which reveals the different perceptions of the drivers and brakes of CSR among both active SMEs and those which do not yet engage in CSR. We conclude that in France recent governmental policies encourage engagement in activities which mainly aim at environmental sustainability. It is also found that, managers who have not yet implemented CSR activities are more optimistic regarding their environment’s support for CSR than managers with CSR experience. In addition, SMEs lack information on best practices and funding for investments in CSR.


Corporate Social Responsibility Corporate Social Responsibility Activity Governmental Policy Corporate Social Responsibility Practice Societal Expectation 
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We would like to acknowledge the strong input of Michèle Pracht and the Cabinet Doriès, Rennes, France in the conception and implementation of this project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ESC Rennes School of BusinessRennesFrance

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