Corporate Sustainability: What it is and Why it Matters

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This chapter starts by discussing the changing overall context in which business, nature and society operate. It is important to understand this context, because it shapes the problems that corporate sustainability aims to address, and it influences how firms can cope with these problems. We then introduce the concept of corporate sustainability. We discuss similarities and differences to related concepts such as corporate social responsibility and business ethics. Next, we review some of the main environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues that firms are asked to address as part of their corporate sustainability commitments. Finally, the chapter reviews four key motivations (instrumental, ethical, stakeholder-based and political) that underpin firms’ corporate sustainability commitments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCorporate Sustainability : Managing Responsible Business in a Globalised World
EditorsAndreas Rasche, Mette Morsing, Jeremy Moon, Arno Kourula
Number of pages26
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)9781009100403, 9781009114929
ISBN (Electronic)9781009118644
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Corporate sustainability
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Business ethics
  • Globalisation
  • ESG

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