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Abstract: Corporate Social Responsibility is an increasingly important concern
for businesses in the 21st century. Small and medium-sized enterprises, however, face a
number of unique barriers to instituting socially and environmentally responsible measures.
This thesis addresses the hypothesis that cooperation between small businesses can reduce
some of these barriers. An in-depth case study ... read moreof the Independents Coffee Cooperative in
Philadelphia is used to better understand the impact that cooperation can have on
businesses' efforts to increase social and environmental responsibility. It finds that
though cooperation can reduce some of the barriers, including financial and information
barriers, it also produces additional obstacles. Several recommendations are articulated to
help guide other organizations or businesses interested in forming a similar values-based
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2011.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and
Advisor: Penn Loh.
Committee: Ann Rappaport.
Keyword: Environmental management.read less