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Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development
An Integrative Perspective

ISBN 9781138307728
Published July 5, 2021 by Routledge
288 Pages 55 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the overlapping interests of corporate responsibility and sustainable development, specifically focusing on the dynamics of social change, sustainability governance and evaluation, and creating social value.

Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development: An Integrative Perspective draws on ideas and research relevant to both concepts, highlighting the interdependent nature of corporate strategy and policymaker ambition. The authors seek to capture that any evaluation of responsibility for sustainable development demands multiple lenses. They propose an integrative understanding to tackling global challenges around sustainable development and focus on four themes: contextualisation; perspectives on social change; sustainability governance and evaluation; and creating social value. Overall, the book takes an evaluative approach, using these themes as lenses for engaging with global challenges, which encourages reflection and informed action.

Written by two highly experienced authors, this book integrates short case studies and chapter questions throughout the text, in order to reinforce learning and help readers reconcile ideas presented with real world issues. It will be an essential resource for tutors and advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of business, governance and corporate governance, corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability and sustainable development, stakeholder theory, business ethics, and politics. 

Table of Contents

Part 1: Contextualisation 1. Introduction 2. Historical Antecedents of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development Part 2: Perspectives on Social Change 3. Society and Development 4. Theorising Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development 5. Social Change and Technological Innovation Part 3: The Sustainability Governance Trinity 6. Sustainability Governance 7. Sustainable Finance 8. Evaluating Progress: Metrics and Impact Part 4: Creating Social Value and Public Value 9. The Neoliberal State 10. The Welfare state 11. Conclusions and Critical Reflection


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Lez Rayman-Bacchus, PhD, is Visiting Research Fellow at Winchester Business School, University of Winchester, UK, and Visiting Scholar at the University of Padova, Italy, and at the École Supérieure de Commerce de Pau, France.

Philip R Walsh, PhD P.Geo (non-practicing) SPE, is Professor, Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Canada. He is a registered professional geoscientist and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.


‘This textbook covers areas of corporate responsibility and sustainability that are important topics for discussion in addressing the path forward for both industry and society.’ Shaun McCarthy OBE, former Chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 Olympic Games, and Director, Action Sustainability

‘This book addresses an important gap in the discourse about corporate responsibility and sustainable development. It offers a strategic examination of these issues located within a complex enabling environment and sets out the importance of numerous perspectives, including a capitals approach, that shape decisions in development, governance, social change and technological innovation.’ Mark Gough, CEO Capitals Coalition

‘This book is not another book on the definition of sustainable development and how to develop a CSR strategy in a country or a company. It explains very clearly the link that can be established between sustainable development and other concepts that are fundamental to the development of a CSR strategy. Each chapter gives very concrete examples and figures. It all ends with relevant case studies that apply what has been seen in the chapter. So, take the time to discover this book to help you better understand the social and environmental issues and allow you to understand at a strategic level all the elements to be taken into account.’ Charlotte Fontan Sers, Professor of Economics and Head of the Master Global Sustainable Strategies, ESC PAU Business School, France

‘This text is very welcome and important because it takes an integrative approach to CSR and Sustainable Development. Rather than seeing these key challenges as stand-alone, it provides a well- researched approach to understanding their complexities and the multifaceted nature of strategies, policies and practices needed to address them. The practical examples and cases underpin the ideas and concepts in an accessible way that enhances teaching and learning for students, academics and professionals alike.’ Carole Parkes, Emeritus Professor of Responsible Management and Leadership, University of Winchester, UK

'This text is a very welcome addition to the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development literature. It offers a refreshing perspective of how to better understand Corporate Responsibility and Social Development through societal valuation of what is important and how this in turn affects social purpose. The book is suitable as a main text for sustainability related topics, and as a complementary text to texts focused on business operations. Its thought-provoking content, based on extensive research, alongside rich use of contemporary case studies, provides appeal to students, academics and professionals.' Karen Cripps, University of Winchester Business School, UK; in an excerpt from a book review in Journal of General Management, 2021