Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 96, Issue 2, pp 299–316 | Cite as

Critical Reflective Organizations: An Empirical Observation of Global Active Citizenship and Green Politics

  • Jorge Alexis Arevalo


Relationships between the environmental and economic dimensions of sustainability have been solidly specified, but relatively little attention has been given to the social sphere. The current study attempts to fill this gap by integrating corporate environmentalism more fully with concepts of corporate sustainability. This investigation draws specifically from neo-Habermasian critical environmental theory research and brings three concepts together for closer empirical examination: the public sphere, the communicative rationality, and discursive design with the goal of capturing whether critical and reflective organizational systems (CROS) among the selected sample of business participants are in fact developing. Using content analysis on corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports, the study reveals that some business organizations appear to be on the brink of developing a type of learning environment consistent with CROS thinking. The empirical findings also suggest that there is a transformative effect on citizenship that can result from the teaching and learning that is facilitated by voluntary CSR initiatives.

Key words

corporate greening corporate sustainability critical theory critical environmental theory voluntary CSR initiatives UN Global Compact empirical study 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LIM College – Where Business Meets FashionNew YorkU.S.A.

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