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Social Responsibility and Sustainability

How Businesses and Organizations Can Operate in a Sustainable and Socially Responsible Way

  • Walter Leal Filho

Part of the World Sustainability Series book series (WSUSE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Conceptual Frameworks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Riikka Tapaninaho, Johanna Kujala
      Pages 3-36 Open Access
    3. Sônia Regina da Cal Seixas, Michelle Renk, João Luis de Moraes Hoefel, Gabriela Farias Asmus
      Pages 93-108
    4. Eva Bamberg, Grit Tanner, Carolin Baur, Marlies Gude
      Pages 109-122
    5. Simon Dabrowski, Florian Lottermoser
      Pages 203-219
  3. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Hala Al-Qassab, Alberto Paucar-Caceres, Gillian Wright, Rosane Pagano
      Pages 223-239
    3. Glória Lúcia Alves Figueiredo, Carlos Henrique Gomes Martins, Jaqueline Lopes Damasceno, Márcio Ronan Policarpo
      Pages 289-300
    4. Markus Will, Jana Brauweiler, Anke Zenker-Hoffmann, Bernd Delakowitz
      Pages 335-356

About this book


This book comprehensively describes social responsibility and sustainable development, with contributions from scientists and representatives from industry working in the field. The papers are innovative, cross-cutting and many share practice-based experiences, some of which may be replicable elsewhere. Prepared by the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP) and the World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre (WSD-RTC), it reiterates the current need to promote social responsibility.

Social responsibility and sustainable development are two different concepts, whose integration over the years has led to significant advances in the way enterprises see and perceive their operations. It is not only about policies or steps taken to meet legal requirements, but is also about social equality and environmental accountability, also bearing in mind the links with eco-efficiency, innovation, and the health and wellbeing of workers.

According to ISO 26000, social responsibility is the responsibility of an organisation for the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and the environment, through transparent and ethical behaviour that: 

a) contributes to sustainable development, including health and the welfare of society   

b) takes into account the expectations of stakeholders   

c) is in compliance with applicable law and consistent with international norms of behaviour   

d) is integrated throughout the organisation and practised in its relationships.

But even though the relations between social responsibility and sustainability are strong, it is still necessary to encourage organisations to adhere to, or at least follow the principles of sustainable development in their operations, giving something back to the community.  As such, there is a need for a better understanding of how social responsibility is related to sustainable development, and of the identification of processes, methods and tools that may help the integration of these two important elements. There is also a real need to showcase successful examples of how to structure behaviour and institutional practice in line with the sustainability challenges we face today.

Chapter [Reviewing the Stakeholder Value Creation Literature: Towards a Sustainability Approach] is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via


Social Responsibility Sustainable Development Sustainable Production Corporate Contribution to Sustainability Integrating Sustainability Sustainable Business Employee Wellbeing Environmental Accountability Business Ethics for Sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Walter Leal Filho
    • 1
  1. 1.FTZ-NKHAW HamburgHamburgGermany

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