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Sustainability 2015, 7(9), 11504-11531; doi:10.3390/su70911504

The Implementation of Corporate Sustainability in the European Automotive Industry: An Analysis of Sustainability Reports

Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research, University of Graz, Merangasse 18/1, 8010 Graz, Austria
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Received: 19 June 2015 / Revised: 19 June 2015 / Accepted: 6 August 2015 / Published: 25 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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The acceptance of corporate sustainability implementation and sustainability reporting has continued to grow steadily in recent years. This is particularly true for companies in the automotive industry. Increasing regulatory demands, for example, with respect to CO2 emissions, are one clear reason for this. In this paper the sustainability reports of 14 manufacturers in the European automotive industry are analyzed with respect to issues of corporate sustainability implementation. This entails content analysis of sustainability reports from 2012, and of their earliest available equivalents. The analysis of corporate sustainability implementation in the selected companies is provided with the purpose to help understand how manufacturers in the European automotive industry implement corporate sustainability. Results confirm the importance of specific policy instruments in implementation, such as the use of environmental management systems and standards, and of related changes in organizational structures. The latter include suitable adaptation of corporate strategy, philosophy, objectives, measures, and activities, as well as the need to integrate stakeholders in the adjustment process. The analysis shows that while companies are well-aware of the significance of sustainability for their industry, some tend to be leaders, and others laggards, as far as implementation is concerned. View Full-Text
Keywords: corporate sustainability; corporate sustainability implementation; sustainability reporting; content analysis; automotive industry corporate sustainability; corporate sustainability implementation; sustainability reporting; content analysis; automotive industry
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Sukitsch, M.; Engert, S.; Baumgartner, R.J. The Implementation of Corporate Sustainability in the European Automotive Industry: An Analysis of Sustainability Reports. Sustainability 2015, 7, 11504-11531.

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