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Corporate Sustainability in International Comparison

State of Practice, Opportunities and Challenges

  • Stefan Schaltegger
  • Sarah Elena Windolph
  • Dorli Harms
  • Jacob Hörisch
  • Aggregates and analyzes ICSB survey data from 11 countries on 4 continents

  • Interprets results based on the Triple I approach: Intention, Integration, Implementation

  • Offers insights from distinguished authors of varied cultural and political backgrounds


Part of the Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science book series (ECOE, volume 31)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Approach and Overall Results

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dorli Harms, Jacob Hörisch, Stefan Schaltegger, Sarah Elena Windolph
      Pages 3-12
  3. Country-Specific Findings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Roger Burritt, Amanda Carter
      Pages 37-52
    3. Nathalie Crutzen
      Pages 53-67
    4. Amel Ben Rhouma, Claude Francoeur, Guillaume Robin
      Pages 69-91
    5. Jacob Hörisch, Sarah Elena Windolph, Stefan Schaltegger
      Pages 93-104
    6. Maria Csutora, Sandor Kerekes, Andrea Tabi
      Pages 105-119
    7. Katsuhiko Kokubu, Hirotsugu Kitada, M. Badrul Haider
      Pages 121-140
    8. José M. Moneva, Eduardo Ortas, Igor Álvarez
      Pages 167-182
    9. Jörg E. U. Schmidt, Claus-Heinrich Daub
      Pages 183-198
    10. Biswaraj Ghosh, Christian Herzig
      Pages 199-222
  4. Patterns and Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Stefan Schaltegger, Dorli Harms
      Pages 241-252
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 253-255

About this book


Although every country is distinguished by its history, culture and language as well as its unique economic, environmental and social conditions, it can be expected that international operating companies will exhibit common patterns since sustainability challenges do not stop at national borders.

Building on original data based on results of the International Corporate Sustainability Barometer survey, this book depicts and analyzes the current state of corporate sustainability management and corporate social responsibility.

Part I describes the approach and summarizes the broad results, outlining the methodology and offering an overview of results of the ICSB survey. Part II presents specific findings for each of eleven countries surveyed: Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA. Part III provides a comparative analysis and highlights broad patterns in the international results. Most strikingly, the book reveals surprisingly widespread similarities among the sustainability management practices of large companies in economically developed countries all over the world.

All the survey results are analyzed according to the same Triple-I approach: Intention  - Why do companies manage sustainability?;  Integration - To what extent do companies embed sustainability in their core business and in their organization?; and Implementation - How is corporate sustainability operationalized? Based on this structure the analysis serves not only to make comparisons and to investigate national characteristics; it also builds a foundation for examining whether there truly is a world-spanning common state of the art of corporate sustainability. Distinguished authors who were involved in the International Corporate Sustainability Barometer project offer their insights, identifying and discussing national and international patterns that can provide the basis for further ideas and inspiration to practitioners and researchers worldwide who are engaged in corporate sustainability.


Core Business Integration Corporate Sustainability Implementation of Corporate Sustainability Intentions for Corporate Sustainability International Comparison

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefan Schaltegger
    • 1
  • Sarah Elena Windolph
    • 2
  • Dorli Harms
    • 3
  • Jacob Hörisch
    • 4
  1. 1.Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM), Leuphana UniversityLüneburgGermany
  2. 2.Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM), Leuphana UniversityLüneburgGermany
  3. 3.Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM), Leuphana UniversityLüneburgGermany
  4. 4.Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM), Leuphana UniversityLüneburgGermany

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