Next Article in Journal
Metrics to Accelerate Private Sector Investment in Sustainable Development Goal 2—Zero Hunger
Next Article in Special Issue
Trends and Development of the Directors’ Duty of Loyalty in China: A Case Analysis
Previous Article in Journal
Enhancements in Cognitive Performance and Academic Achievement in Adolescents through the Hybridization of an Instructional Model with Gamification in Physical Education
Previous Article in Special Issue
The Impact of the Amendment of Taiwan’s Certified Public Accountant Act in 2007 on Large Accounting Firms
 
 
Article

Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Sustainable Development and Corporate Sustainability: What Is the Difference, and Does It Matter?

1
Canberra Law School, University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT 2617, Australia
2
Department Sociology and Business Law, University of Bologna, 40125 Bologna, Italy
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Jorge Matute
Sustainability 2021, 13(11), 5965; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13115965
Received: 9 February 2021 / Revised: 4 May 2021 / Accepted: 14 May 2021 / Published: 25 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Business, Corporate Social Responsibility and Law)
The terms “corporate social responsibility” (CSR), “sustainability”, “sustainable development” and “corporate sustainability” (CS) are critical terms for developing, analysing and evaluating public and private policy goals. These terms are used to make decisions about investment, policy development, and strategy creation. The terms emerged in different fields of endeavour at different points in time. Accordingly, they have different meanings; however, over time they have come to be used interchangeably mixing up policy agendas, confusing managers, regulators, activists and the public at large. We demonstrate that CSR is the best term for focusing on individual business organisations, “corporate sustainability” is an organisation level environmental policy, “sustainable development” is a public policy, and “sustainability” is the broadest term encompassing global local and organisational levels. View Full-Text
Keywords: definitions; corporate social responsibility; corporate sustainability; sustainable development goals; sustainability definitions; corporate social responsibility; corporate sustainability; sustainable development goals; sustainability
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Sheehy, B.; Farneti, F. Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Sustainable Development and Corporate Sustainability: What Is the Difference, and Does It Matter? Sustainability 2021, 13, 5965. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13115965

AMA Style

Sheehy B, Farneti F. Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Sustainable Development and Corporate Sustainability: What Is the Difference, and Does It Matter? Sustainability. 2021; 13(11):5965. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13115965

Chicago/Turabian Style

Sheehy, Benedict, and Federica Farneti. 2021. "Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Sustainable Development and Corporate Sustainability: What Is the Difference, and Does It Matter?" Sustainability 13, no. 11: 5965. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13115965

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop