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Sustainable Business: Are We Heading in the Right Direction?
International Graduate School of Business, University of South Australia, City West Campus, North Terrace, Adelaide 5000, South Australia
Received: 21 February 2012; in revised form: 19 March 2012 / Accepted: 27 March 2012 / Published: 11 April 2012
Abstract: This paper questions why, despite the sustainable development concept having been prominent at an international level for well over 20 years, there is little to show by way of a transition to a sustainable world. Instead, in many ways, the situation is deteriorating. The paper critiques the mainstream sustainable development approach as advocated by business, and as is prominent in the political sphere, to consider if this is itself a key problem. The paper concludes that it is. Rather than helping society achieve needed change, this approach can create a false sense of progress that acts as a barrier to the more decisive action that is necessary to address the underlying drivers of humanity's unsustainable behaviours. Further, the paper proposes that the very act of pursuing mainstream sustainable development makes a sustainable world harder to achieve. A way forward for the business sector is proposed by it embracing a more transformational sustainable world approach in both its internal activities and in its advocacy in the broader public and political space.
Keywords: sustainable world; sustainable development; reformist; transformational; ecological footprint; I = PAT
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Clifton, D. Sustainable Business: Are We Heading in the Right Direction? Sustainability 2012, 4, 586-603.
Clifton D. Sustainable Business: Are We Heading in the Right Direction? Sustainability. 2012; 4(4):586-603.
Clifton, Don. 2012. "Sustainable Business: Are We Heading in the Right Direction?" Sustainability 4, no. 4: 586-603.