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Corporate sustainability - integrating environmental and social concerns?

Schaefer, Anja (2004). Corporate sustainability - integrating environmental and social concerns? Corporate Social Responsiblity and Environmental Management, 11(4) pp. 179–187.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/csr.70
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Abstract

This article presents a case of the early stages of an attempted integration of environmental management and
corporate responsibility in a UK utility company, which may, in due course, develop into a more holistic orientation towards corporate sustainability. The company had made some deliberate attempts to link environmental and social responsibility issues. However, this integration was partial and contested within the company. The case shows that dealing with environmental soundness and starting to integrate environmental and social issues and management need not be a sequential process. Institutional and wider social factors are shown to
play a strong role in influencing company thinking and actions in this area, seemingly sending rather mixed signals in this case. The case also highlights the
role of sustainability champions in making links between the organization’s business purpose, its environmental performance and its social responsibility in terms of the long term sustainability of the region and the company’s future.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment
ISSN: 1535-3958
Keywords: corporate sustainability; social concerns; water industry
Academic Unit/Department: Open University Business School
Item ID: 7133
Depositing User: Anja Schaefer
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2012 15:23
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/7133
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