Special Issue "Moral Responsibility of Corporate Sustainability"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Social Economics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire

University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA
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Interests: moral responsibility of corporate sustainability; global supply chain and sourcing strategies; sustainable production; consumption of textile and apparel; firm/industry identity issues
Guest Editor
Dr. Stacy H.N. Lee

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
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Interests: sustainabilty; apparel supply chain; global sourcing; social responsibility; omni channel retaiiling; brand experience; consumer studies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Interests of sustainability with different stakeholders is continually growing in different areas of industries. To fulfill these stakeholders’ demands on sustainability, many businesses and organizations are striving to be responsible by focusing on different aspects of triple bottom lines of sustainability. However, many global organizations are still reported to engage in irresponsible behaviors related to sustainability in the pursuit of financial or personal gains. This draws an attention to moral responsibility of corporate sustainability—that is sustainability might not be something organizations think about after the fact; rather it must be a moral responsibility for any organizations to fulfil as any responsible social member would. The previous literature suggests that employees and consumers have high expectations toward companies’ moral responsibility of sustainability—particularly working condition improvement. When organizations are highly engaged in sustainability activities, the literature suggests that employees may engage in more positive workplace behaviors, which can benefit and improve organizational performance. At the same time, consumers may develop strong ties and loyalty toward such organizations. However, how organizations, investors, or other key stakeholders consider sustainability within the morality spectrum is still not known. Without consistent expectations on moral responsibility of corporate sustainability, most corporate sustainability activities may be used as another marketing or sales tools.

In this light, we welcome contributions to this special issue on moral responsibility of corporate sustainability. Contributors to this issue are invited to explore questions such as, but not limited to:

  • How do individuals perceive moral responsibility of corporate sustainability? Are there any differences in such perceptions base on the nature or characteristics of organizations? For example, for-profit vs. no-for-profit organizations; governments vs. non-government vs. commercial organizations. If so, what are the differences?
  • How do different stakeholders perceive organizations’ moral responsibility toward sustainability?
  • What are the significant positive and negative factors of organizations’ moral responsibility toward sustainability?
  • What are the cultural differences in corporate sustainability expectations from the moral responsibility perspective?
  • What are the industry differences in corporate sustainability expectations from the moral responsibility perspective?
  • What are the forgivable moral deviances that any organizations could commit? What are their impacts?
  • What are the effective ways to recover from moral deviances that any organization could pursue? What are their impacts?

Prof. Jung Ha-Brookshire
Dr. Stacy H.N. Lee
Guest Editors

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  • Moral responsibility
  • sustainability
  • organizational behaviour
  • corporate social responsibility

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