Environmental Innovation and Corporate Sustainability: A 15-Year Comparison Based on Survey Data

  • Hüseyin DolucaEmail author
  • Benedikt Holzner
  • Marcus Wagner
Part of the Sustainability and Innovation book series (SUSTAINABILITY)


Sustainability plays an important role as concerns the public image as well as performance of firms. This work focuses on both, social as well as ecological sustainability related topics, and their relation to environmental management systems. Based on an international large-scale survey project we provide for a 15-year period (ranging from 2001 to 2016) an in-depth overview of the development and recent status of corporate sustainability management in Germany and the United Kingdom. As part of this, national and temporal trends and differences as well as size and industry specific differences are discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hüseyin Doluca
    • 1
    Email author
  • Benedikt Holzner
    • 1
  • Marcus Wagner
    • 1
  1. 1.Chair of Management, Innovation and International BusinessUniversity of AugsburgAugsburgGermany

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