Políticas públicas de fomento de la RSEEl caso del sector de la construcción

  1. María Olga González Morales 1
  2. Marta Mª Domínguez Herrera 2
  3. Rocío Peña Vázquez 2
  1. 1 Universidad de La Laguna
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    Universidad de La Laguna

    San Cristobal de La Laguna, España

    ROR https://ror.org/01r9z8p25

  2. 2 Universidad de La Laguna 
Journal:
International Review of Economic Policy: Revista Internacional de Política Económica

ISSN: 2695-7035

Year of publication: 2021

Volume: 3

Issue: 2

Pages: 39-60

Type: Article

DOI: 10.7203/IREP.3.2.22786 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

Abstract

The priority lines of the European Union are focused on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Companies and their socially responsible behavior play an essential role in achieving these objectives, which is why the debate has moved to the field of public policy. This debate is focused on determining what functions the public sector should perform to promote Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), considering that they are linked, to a large degree, to regulatory action. In Spain, both companies and public authorities have been late to join European trends. This shows the slow progress in terms of policy formalization and information transparency. Until a few years ago, the Spanish financial and product markets offered few incentives for the adoption of good CSR practices. Regulators have not made an effort to adopt legislative reforms to spread a socially responsible approach, nor have they introduced CSR criteria, for example for public procurement, until very recently. The objective of this work is to reflect on public initiatives for formalization, transparency and scrutiny and the functions that the public sector can develop to promote socially responsible behavior in companies. The case of the construction sector is analyzed as a key sector that enables the transformation of the environment (design of cities, buildings where economic activities are based, use of new energies, home automation), contributing significantly to the achievement of the SDGs. Since the economic crisis of the first decade of the 21st century and, later, with the COVID-19 crisis, this more sustainable construction model begins to be seriously considered. The agents that intervene in the building process begin to assess social aspects in their procedures, in addition to the traditional economic and environmental aspects, and the European Union develops policies aimed at the construction sector that alienate themselves with the so-called wave of renovation for the transformation of Europe.

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