Handbook of Corporate Sustainability
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Handbook of Corporate Sustainability

Frameworks, Strategies and Tools

Edited by M. A. Quaddus and M. A.B. Siddique

Achieving corporate sustainability (CS) is one of the most difficult challenges facing organizations in the twenty-first century. This comprehensive Handbook examines the current status and future direction of sustainability frameworks and applications in the corporate environment.
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Chapter 3: Strategy in a World of Sustainability: A Developmental Framework

Jeremy Galbreath


Jeremy Galbreath INTRODUCTION The role of business in society is being called into question in an unprecedented manner as corporations are increasingly confronted with managing and responding to expectations of a society alerted to the environmental and social risks associated with economic development (Davis and Stephenson, 2006). Society is demanding that business firms move beyond narrow, money-making self-interest by focusing significant attention and resources on the social consequences of their economic activities (Porter and Kramer, 2006). The term widely used to describe this phenomenon is sustainability (Bansal, 2005; Clarke, 2007). Sustainability is a business approach that seeks to create long-term value by embracing the opportunities and managing the risks associated with economic, environmental and social developments. Some scholars (for example, Bacon, 2007; Stranislaw, 2007) suggest that the ability to integrate the sustainability agenda into the business mission and into relationships with consumers will determine which firms will succeed in the 21st century and which will fall. Evidence demonstrates that consumers do place strong demands on business to address sustainability (Bacon, 2007). Consumers, however, are not the only interested party in sustainability. Governments such as those in Australia and the United States, once staunch sceptics, have demonstrated acceptance of the environmental issue of climate change and have moved towards new policies to address the problem. The Stern Report, produced for the government of the United Kingdom by the economist Sir Nicholas Stern, suggests that climate change is not only an environmental issue, but also an economic and social one. For example,...

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