Special Issue "Green Business: Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainability"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2013)
Prof. Dr. David E. Ervin (Website)
Departments of Economics and Environmental Science and Management, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97207-0751, USA
Fax: +1 503 725 3945
Interests: ecosystem services valuation and management; business sustainability; biotechnology and agricultural sustainability; environmental policy reform
Once considered the prime culprit in environmental degradation, the business sector has emerged as a central player in sustainability circles. Expanding markets for green products and services, more stringent pollution standards and contentious social issues have elevated sustainability to a strategic position in many businesses. These firms may not only seek to minimize regulatory exposure, but lower operating costs, address diverse stakeholders, manage other risks, enhance revenues, and improve competitive advantage. Some business managers also hold strong values about environmental stewardship and social equity, motives that depart from pursuing strict profit maximization.
Despite the proliferation of business sustainability initiatives, important questions remain unanswered about the potential and limitations of such efforts to further sustainable development. For example, will consumers and investors exert increasingly significant influences over such behaviors? Will voluntary actions by businesses preempt public regulations needed to ensure the health of regional and global ecological systems? Do current green business practices affect environmental performance at meaningful scales, or do they mostly constitute exercises in public relations, i.e., green washing? How can government agencies and non-governmental organizations increase the efficacy and impact of green business initiatives? This special issue presents the latest findings from research and practice around the globe that address these and other compelling questions.
Prof. Dr. David E. Ervin
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- green business
- management values
- green washing