Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

  • José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade Guerra
  • Mauri Luiz Heerdt
  • Issa Ibrahim BerchinEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_41



Changes in the market require new and more comprehensive initiatives from organizations. Social responsibility emerges as a new management perspective to answer these market demand and it goes beyond the traditional social sphere to include the environmental dimension as well. Thereby, it is possible to affirm that the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility is directly related with the principles of sustainable development.

Considering that corporate responsibilities permeate economic, environmental, and social responsibility, their main result is corporate sustainability, promoting an organization’s growth while improving sustainable development.


From debates regarding the responsibilities of organizations, in the early 1950s and 1960s, academics and those of the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade Guerra
    • 1
  • Mauri Luiz Heerdt
    • 1
  • Issa Ibrahim Berchin
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Center for Sustainable Development (Greens)Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (Unisul)FlorianópolisBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mark C. Mifsud
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MaltaMsidaMalta