If we have been used to think to sustainability as leaded by developed countries’ firms, with this case we aim at keeping the discussion going on the increasing role of developing countries firms – rising powers – not just from an economic standpoint but also from a sustainability one. Indeed, we describe how the company successfully managed to implement a socially (and to a lesser extent environmentally) sustainable supply chain, supporting the upgrading of their local suppliers, mostly poor artisans living in the countryside.
Nel distretto di Arzignano (VI) della pelle sono stati sviluppate innovazioni di processo per ridurre utilizzo di acqua e prodotti chimici del 20% rispetto a processo conciario tradizionale, che è altamente inquinante.
I dati europei raccontano di un Veneto solo moderatamente innovatore. Eppure conosciamo molte imprese nel territorio riconosciute a livello internazionale per la loro capacità di introdurre nuovi prodotti o processi spesso radicali.
Come spiegare questo paradosso? Ce lo siamo chiesti insieme a Roberta Apa, Silvia Sedita e Roberto Grandinetti, svolgendo un’analisi che ci ha portato a descrivere una ‘Via Veneto’ all’innovazione, con meno ricerca e sviluppo formalizzata, ma più diffusa e aperta alle collaborazioni con università e altri soggetti esterni.
The effectiveness of policy pressure in engendering firms’ better environmental performance is a hot issue on the current policy agenda, but the chance for firms to relocate their activities where environmental regulations are less stringent may undermine the effectiveness of the policy instruments designed to reduce polluting emissions. By investigating policy-related and strategy-related elements on Italian manufacturing firms, in the paper ‘Governing offshoring in a stringent environmental policy setting: Evidence from Italian manufacturing firms. Journal of Cleaner Production‘ we suggest that offshoring decisions relate more to a firm’s self-imposed pressure to reduce its environmental impact by means of an appropriate environmental sustainability strategy and on its overall market and ICT strategy rather then by policy stringency. This is especially true when it comes to FDI (as respect to international outsourcing). Furthermore, such a conclusion holds when considering offshoring decision in developing countries as well, even if in here policy stringency plays a slightly larger role.
On November 4th, 2016, I got the pleasure to present my research in progress on the evolutionary trajectories of Italian industrial districts in Global Value Chains during a Keynote at the I workshop d’economia Valencia (www.econval.org). You can find the presentation in slideshare by clicking here.
In this article we delve into the discussion of what drives the innovativeness of regions, studying the performance of all Italian regions via the perspective of the RIS (regional innovation systems) literature.
The analysis on 2008 CIS data, reveals a new geography of innovation in the country as compared to results emerging from studies on the 1990s, suggesting a high dynamism in innovation capabilities of Italian regions. Four clusters of regions are identified, but none of them can be described as a true RIS: the most innovative ones (Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardia, Piemonte) lack â€˜systemicnessâ€™ and those that come closest to the RIS model (Friuli Venezia Giulia, Marche, Trentino Alto Adige, Basilicata) have not the best innovative performance.
Why areÂ some districts well on the road to decline, while others have succeeded in evolving and reproducing the district form? In this paper, we seek an answer to this question by studying Italian wine clusters, supporting that theÂ global value analysis perspective is useful in order to see where Italian industrial districts are heading and suggesting the powerful role of â€œcommunications machinesâ€ played by non-manufacturing intermediaries within what could be named glocal value chains.
MartedÃ¬ 3 Novembre sarÃ² adÂ Ecomondo, all’interessante convegnoÂ “Le certificazioni ambientali per la responsabilitÃ aziendale (CSR) e per gli acquisti pubblici verdi (GPP)” organizzato daÂ FSC Italia, Eco-print, Vireo Srl in cui si discuterÃ delle varie certificazioni ambientali disponibili e del loro potenziale impatto in termini economici ed ambientali, con uno sguardo privilegiato al loro ruolo per il comparto pubblico attraverso il Green Public Procurement.