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An Empirical Exploration, Typology, and Definition of Corporate Sustainability
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 3827221
Author(s) Bergman, Manfred Max; Bergman, Zinette; Berger, Lena
Author(s) at UniBasel Bergman, Zinette
Bergman, Manfred Max
Berger, Lena
Year 2017
Title An Empirical Exploration, Typology, and Definition of Corporate Sustainability
Journal Sustainability
Volume 9
Number 5
Pages / Article-Number 753
Keywords corporate responsibility, business ethics, globalization, culture, business and society, sustainability, UN SDGs, Agenda 2030
Mesh terms Science & TechnologyLife Sciences & BiomedicineGreen & Sustainable Science & TechnologyEnvironmental SciencesEnvironmental StudiesScience & Technology - Other TopicsEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology
Abstract The relationship between business and society is evolving. On the one hand, social, environmental, and long-term economic issues subsumed under the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are inspiring intergovernmental organizations, governments, NGOs, NPOs, foundations, and civic society to legislate and regulate corporate behavior toward a greater concern for the wellbeing of groups, regions, or entire societies. On the other, a growing trend toward protectionism, nationalism, and populism may be the consequence or expression of a dissatisfaction with the perceived dissociation of the private sector from society. As a form of self-regulation, corporate responsibility deals with the complex responsibilities businesses have toward society. However, it tends to be hampered by an emphasis on theology and philosophy-based business ethics, which are difficult to integrate into day-today business operations or to translate between national or corporate cultures. In this article, we argue that corporate sustainability could be a more useful concept to help improve on how government, the private sector, and academia understand the links between business and society, and how to translate the interdependence between business and society from one culture to another. For this purpose, we empirically analyzed the relevant academic literature on corporate sustainability, using Content Configuration Analysis. Our analyses revealed three conceptual types and nine subtypes of corporate sustainability. Based on their assessment, we suggest conceptual preferences and a definition of corporate sustainability, which fulfil criteria that may render the concept more useful to global political and socioeconomic negotiations among stakeholder groups for the long-term benefit of business and society.
Publisher MDPI
ISSN/ISBN 2071-1050
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.3390/su9050753
ISI-Number 000404127800078
Document type (ISI) Article

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