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Special Issue "Sustainable Financial and Business Performance: Perspectives for Sustainable Development Goals"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 3943

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Brunel Business School, Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, London UB8 3PH, UK
Interests: accounting and governance; accountability and ethics (corporate social responsibility—social and environmental accounting); sustainability; integrated reporting; market-based accounting research
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Faculty of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth PO1 3DE, UK
Interests: corporate narrative reporting; international financial reporting standards (IFRS); accounting and auditing organization for islamic financial institutions (AAOIFI); extensible business reporting language (XBRL); market-based accounting research; auditing, corporate governance; earnings management; corporate investment efficiency; corporate finance; islamic accounting and finance
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Department of Accounting and MIS, Gulf University for Science & Technology, Block 5, Building 1, Mubarak Al-Abdullah Area/West Mishref, Kuwait
Interests: research informativeness of narrative reporting; risk governance; international financial reporting standards (IFRS); corporate governance mechanisms

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Companies’ interventions have significant impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and societal well-being from national and international governments, organizations, and policymakers to local communities, individuals, and employers. These interventions have encouraged much more sustainable financial and business approaches (e.g., sustainable finance, green supply chains, green marketing, carbon taxes, and sustainability reporting) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the last few decades (Cohen, 2020; Fatemi and Fooladi, 2013; Gerstlberger et al., 2014; Hafezalkotob, 2017; Hassan et al., 2019). Thus, firms are increasingly engaging in innovative financial and business practices for sustainable development in order to corroborate their reputation and to generate positive impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems (Suriyankietkaew and Avery, 2016; Xu and Wang, 2018; Zhang and Chen, 2017).

Despite extensive research on sustainable behavior and companies’ financial and business performance in recent years (Alshbili et al., 2019; Alshbili and Elamer, 2020; Elmagrhi et al., 2018), more research is called for on how to utilize sustainable financial and business practices to advance the Sustainable Development Goals in general from the viewpoints of governments, firms, and customers. Specifically, given the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis, both firms and policymakers are calling for strong, sustained, cutting-edge research on sustainable financial and business practices for future biodiversity and ecosystems that improve the SDGs (Cohen, 2020; Hassan et al., 2020; Leal Filho et al., 2020; Sarkis et al., 2020).

Furthermore, in recognition of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, businesses and investors must make conscious efforts toward achieving transformational change through the SDGs. The “Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact” guides companies wanting to advance the SDG agenda by incorporating them widely into strategies and operations. The SDGs and the accompanying principles also require businesses to explore new business models in line with the supranational, regional, and national regulatory reforms in response to the SDGs.

The aim of this Special Issue is to discuss sustainable financial and business performance from a sustainable development perspective. It will set an agenda for future research and inform policymakers and managers about the opportunities and challenges that arise from sustainable financial and business performance and Sustainable Development Goals. We invite you to contribute to this Special Issue by submitting comprehensive reviews, case studies, or empirical (qualitative and quantitative) articles. Papers selected for this Special Issue are subject to a rigorous peer-review procedure with the aim of the rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.

The Guest Editors of this Special Issue welcome submissions that address issues including but not limited to the following:

  • Sustainability and financial and business performance;
  • Global reporting initiatives and corporate sustainability;
  • Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Sustainability and corporate governance issues and challenges;
  • Financial and business practices to reduce climate change;
  • Education on sustainable financial and business performance and sustainable finance;
  • Sustainability reporting;
  • Sustainable finance;
  • Digital divide and the sustainability challenges facing businesses;
  • Distributional consequences of piece-meal sustainability reforms;
  • Taxation dimension to sustainable business models: tax considerations, initiatives, and challenges.

These issues are meant to be illustrative. Submissions from a wide range of disciplines, theoretical perspectives, organizational contexts, and regions on any topic that relates to the Special Issue theme are encouraged.

Dr. Ahmed Elamer
Prof. Dr. Khaled Hussainey
Dr. Ahmed Hassanein
Guest Editors

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  • sustainability and financial and business performance
  • global reporting initiatives and corporate sustainability
  • Sustainable Development Goals

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Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Disclosure and the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Sustainability Performance
Sustainability 2023, 15(1), 200; - 23 Dec 2022
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This paper aims to evaluate the impact of environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure practices on the sustainability performance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Saudi Arabia. It adopts qualitative research methods to answer the research questions through interviews, using a sample [...] Read more.
This paper aims to evaluate the impact of environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure practices on the sustainability performance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Saudi Arabia. It adopts qualitative research methods to answer the research questions through interviews, using a sample of 30 interviewees, to direct and moderate the relationship between SMEs’ sustainability performance and their disclosure of ESG practices. The results indicated that SMEs in Saudi Arabia lack awareness of ESG practices and disclosures and, therefore, the extent of their importance to sustainability performance. The findings of this research have several practical implications for different stakeholders, internally and externally, such as managers, consultants, investors, credit agencies, lenders, policymakers, government, and the overall community in the context of the potential effects of ESG disclosure practices on SMEs. Full article
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