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Corporate Social Responsibility for More Resilient and Sustainable SMEs

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2023) | Viewed by 270

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University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE), 1649-026 Lisbon, Portugal
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit a paper on "Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable SMEs' Performance". The Special Issue will bring together experts, researchers, and practitioners from various fields to explore the role of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in enhancing the resilience and sustainability of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

CSR has become an increasingly important concept for businesses of all sizes, but its impact on SMEs has been less explored. SMEs are the backbone of many economies, providing employment opportunities, contributing to economic growth, and driving innovation. However, they often face significant challenges in managing their social and environmental impact, while also ensuring their own sustainability.

The aim of this conference is to explore the different ways in which CSR can help SMEs become more resilient and sustainable, both in the short and long term. We welcome submissions from researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers on the following topics:

  • The role of CSR in enhancing the resilience of SMEs to external shocks and crises
  • The relationship between CSR and financial performance in SMEs
  • Best practices in integrating CSR into SMEs' operations and business models
  • The impact of CSR on SMEs' social and environmental performance
  • The role of CSR in enhancing SMEs' reputation and stakeholder relations
  • The implications of the implementation of SDG and ESG in SMEs

We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers, as well as case studies and practical examples.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Leandro Ferreira Pereira
Prof. Dr. Álvaro Lopes Dias
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • CSR
  • SME
  • sustainable business models

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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