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(In)Corporate Sustainability: A Systemic Shift towards Sustainability

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2021) | Viewed by 21901

Special Issue Editors

Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain
Interests: sustainable business law; corporate law; corporate governance; sustainability; circular economy; public procurement; sustainability in higher education
Prof. Dr. Roberto Caranta
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Guest Editor
Department of Law, University of Turin, Lungo Dora Firenze 151, 10153 Turin, Italy
Interests: judicial review; EU law; administrative law; remedies; public procurement; environmental law
Dr. Carlos Ignacio Gómez Ligüerre
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Guest Editor
Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain
Interests: law and economics; civil liability; tort law; contract law

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

Given the global declarations of climate emergency and public calls for sustainability, timely solutions for existing policies and practices are needed. This Special Issue of Sustainability aims to gather new inter- and multi-disciplinary solutions to the challenges of sustainable public procurement, sustainable corporate behavior, and sustainable changes to higher education curricula. As timely actions require coherent sustainability policies, this Special Issue aims to gather the newest sustainable developments in three distinct but correlated sectors:

  1. Sustainable public procurement
  2. Sustainable corporate practices
  3. Sustainable changes to higher education curricula

This Special Issue welcomes theoretical and empirical contributions from diverse scientific fields related to the three broadly defined areas of sustainable research and practice, which are to be presented at the (In)Corporate Sustainability Conference 2–4 September, 2020 at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain. Inter- and multidisciplinary works accounting for the recent policy changes at the EU and international level on sustainability will be prioritized.

The scope of discussion of this Special Issue of Sustainability involves policy coherence for sustainability in the fields of public procurement, corporate law and practice, and higher education. Although progress in singular matters and fields connected with sustainability has been considerable, the spill-over effects of the newly developed solutions and policies remain unclear. This Special Issue seeks to define the borders of the scientific and business progress on the matter and issues with implementing novel solutions, adapted to the current search for sustainable solutions, into the higher education curricula. The scope and structure of the present Special Issue complement the three-part structure of the SCOM project, which represents the basis for the Special Issue and the (In)Corporate Sustainability Conference.

Dr. Lela Mélon
Prof. Roberto Caranta
Dr. Carlos Ignacio Gómez Ligüerre
Guest Editors

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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.

Keywords

  • Sustainable public procurement
  • Lifecycle assessment
  • Policy coherence for sustainability
  • Corporate law
  • Corporate governance
  • Higher education curricula
  • Sustainable management
  • EU Green Deal
  • Climate change
  • Circular economy

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The Planetary Wellbeing Initiative: Pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education
Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3372; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063372 - 18 Mar 2021
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We live in a time of pressing planetary challenges, many of which threaten catastrophic change to the natural environment and require massive and novel coordinated scientific and societal efforts on an unprecedented scale. Universities and other academic institutions have the opportunity and responsibility [...] Read more.
We live in a time of pressing planetary challenges, many of which threaten catastrophic change to the natural environment and require massive and novel coordinated scientific and societal efforts on an unprecedented scale. Universities and other academic institutions have the opportunity and responsibility to assume a leading role in an era when the destiny of the planet is precisely in the hands of human beings. Drawing on the Planetary Health project promoted by the Rockefeller Foundation and The Lancet, Pompeu Fabra University launched in 2018 the Planetary Wellbeing Initiative, a long-term institutional strategy also animated by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Planetary Wellbeing might be defined as the highest attainable standard of wellbeing for human and non-human beings and their social and natural systems. Developing the potential of these new concepts involves a substantial theoretical and empirical effort in many different fields, all of them interrelated by the crosscutting challenges of global complexity, interdisciplinarity, and urgency. Close collaboration of science, humanities, and culture is more desperately needed now than ever before in the history of humankind. Full article
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Ensuring the Sustainability of University Learning: Case Study of a Leading Chinese University
Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 6929; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176929 - 26 Aug 2020
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The spread of the novel coronavirus at the start of 2020 shocked higher education across China then around the rest of the world. To ensure sustainability of learning, this required an unprecedented shift from campus-based to emergency online education. This created an urgent [...] Read more.
The spread of the novel coronavirus at the start of 2020 shocked higher education across China then around the rest of the world. To ensure sustainability of learning, this required an unprecedented shift from campus-based to emergency online education. This created an urgent need to learn more about the quality of online education, the provision of global education, and the transformation potential of universities. This paper analyses these matters, presenting insights from large-scale research conducted on a leading Chinese university, the first ever major research university to make this substantial transition. This research applied a mixed methods design, which combines quantitative and qualitative approaches. The results provide important insight into the nature, quality, and outcomes of online learning in major Asian research universities. They signal critical areas that require reform to ensure the sustainability of future higher education. Full article
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Green Shooting: Media Sustainability, A New Trend
Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3001; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063001 - 10 Mar 2021
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Research on media sustainability has a long tradition of criticising climate change and environmental issues, mainly through content, and while it is important to do so, it seems that the sector is oblivious to the impact that it itself generates. Moreover, sustainability is [...] Read more.
Research on media sustainability has a long tradition of criticising climate change and environmental issues, mainly through content, and while it is important to do so, it seems that the sector is oblivious to the impact that it itself generates. Moreover, sustainability is often (and wrongly) only related to environmental impact, and very little research exists on how the audio-visual sector can be sustainable not only from an environmental standpoint, but also from a socio-cultural and economic one. This article constitutes a relatively new area that has emerged from the notion of Green Shooting, a term used to describe all the practices ranging from the pre-production, production and post-production to the publicising of an audio-visual product: Documentary, television series (including those of streaming platforms), videogame, film, festival or an advertisement. There has been little previous evidence of an academic article that brings together all the practices that several companies and initiatives worldwide have already implemented as emerging solutions to mitigate their impact, including new roles such as eco-assistant. The authors aim to develop an overarching theoretical framework of what already exists in the practical field, and make it available to the academic community. Full article
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Assessing the Impact of ESD: Methods, Challenges, Results
Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2854; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052854 - 06 Mar 2021
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Education for Sustainable Development (ESD; also often called Education for Sustainability (EfS)) is a key lever of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which emphasize the need for everyone to have the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of creating a more [...] Read more.
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD; also often called Education for Sustainability (EfS)) is a key lever of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which emphasize the need for everyone to have the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of creating a more sustainable world. However, while we can find examples of ESD across the globe, its potential to scale effectively and its impact on achieving the goals of sustainable development as compared with traditional curricula are often questioned. This literature review, at the crossroads of econometrics, educational sciences and psychology, aims to foster scaled ESD research and initiatives by offering a better understanding of the doubts that surround its potential impact. To that end, we (1) shed light on the methods and good practices for assessing this impact; (2) underline the specificity of the data to be collected in the context of these methods of assessment; and (3) outline the existing conclusions of impact studies dedicated to ESD that have served to highlight the limits and challenges for accurate measurement. These impact studies suggest that ESD will only achieve its objectives if pedagogical approaches are renewed. The inclusion of studies showing de facto poor results for ESD makes it possible to complete the picture of the endogenous and exogenous factors determining sustainable behavior that must be taken into account, both in the design of impact assessment tools and in the concrete implementation of ESD. Full article
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