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Towards Sustainability: The Role of Corporate Social Responsibility in Addressing Environmental and Social Challenges

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 149

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School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
Interests: sustainability accounting; communications; policy and accountability; business action for sustainability
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Dear Colleagues,

CSR is a term that has been in use for over seven decades; for the purpose of this Special Issue, it is defined as business action for sustainability. Over the years, CSR/business action for sustainability has taken on different angles; for example, in the 1960s, there was a greater emphasis on labor rights. At present, climate risk is the key consideration for many businesses. There are also other factors related to business action for sustainability that are important to consider. These include social factors such as the impingement of business on human rights.

At present, more than ever before, there is an increasing urgency to address business action for sustainability, specifically, its effectiveness in the impacts and inclination to tackle key social and environmental challenges. Critical perspectives on business addressing sustainability challenges are even more necessary at this crucial point in human history. 

The aim of this Special Issue is twofold: (a) to provide critical perspectives on business/organizational action (or inaction) for sustainability and (b) to highlight meaningful and impactful business action for sustainability and the organizational addressing of environmental and social challenges.

Original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Business/organisational action for sustainability: over the years, how in sync (or not) has this been with changing social and environmental challenges;
  • Various critical perspectives: a multitude of perspectives are expected, based on various social and environmental challenges created/ contributed to, by business/organisations.
  • Positive action by business/organisations: discussions of outputs/outcomes and impacts, for example, the development of sustainability linking technology and its application to address environmental/social challenges. 
  • Accountability perspectives: case studies/policy analyses/analyses of legal cases relating to business social and environmental impacts.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Tehmina Khan
Guest Editor

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • sustainability
  • environmental
  • social
  • challenges
  • business
  • organizations
  • CSR

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