SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICE OF BRAZILIAN FOOTWEAR-EXPORTING COMPANIES
The present study aims to analyze social and environmental management practices adopted by Brazilian footwear-exporting companies. To that end, we reviewed the literature on the Brazilian footwear industry and its socio-environmental management, which serves to frame our empirical survey of Brazilian footwear manufacturers having international operations, according to the Brazilian Footwear Association [ABICALÇADOS]. We undertook a descriptive study by using the survey method as a data collection procedure. The data obtained from responding companies showed the predominance of firms with proven market experience, mostly large-sized and with at least two decades of activity. The descriptive analysis allowed us to verify that whereas their investments in environmental practices usually have low to medium intensity rates, these investments nonetheless stand out when compared with investments in social issues. The factorial analysis enabled us to reduce and group the practices studied into two factors, which we termed “environmental” and “social.”
Key-words: Social and Environmental Practices. Brazilian footwear-exporting companies.
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