Special Issue "CSR and Business Ethics for Sustainable Development"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019
The perception of ethical issues has changed substantially over the past 20 years. Initially, they were treated more in philosophical terms, and to a certain extent referred to business. At present, ethical research is primarily focused on business issues, and thousands of people are involved in research and training on business ethics.
This is mainly a result of the numerous changes in the sphere of modern business operations. Under these new circumstances, the development of a modern company is determined not only by the effective use of resources and the application of appropriate strategies, but also by considering the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and business ethics in management processes.
Ethical behavior and CSR can bring significant benefits to a business. For example, they may 1) attract customers to the company’s products, 2) ensure that employees want to stay with the business, reducing labor turnover and therefore increasing productivity, 3) attract more employees wanting to work for the business, thus enabling the company to hire the most talented employees, and 4) attract investors and keep the company’s share price high, thereby protecting the business from takeover. In contrast to this, unethical behavior or a lack of corporate social responsibility may damage a company’s reputation and make it less appealing to shareholders, leading to a fall in profits.
We believe, however, that the benefits associated with the application of CSR and business ethics—which are very significant—may be used not only as an instrument for the improvement of companies’ competitive advantage (i.e., in a narrow context), but also in a much wider context. In other words, we claim that application of these concepts may be regarded as a useful tool for sustainable development. Thus, this Special Issue on “CSR and Business Ethics for Sustainable Development” fulfils a considerable gap in the literature. It encourages a diverse set of submissions, and we will welcome papers that, inter alia, refer to (but are not limited to), themes such as:
- Ethics in business: a key aspect of sustainable development?
- Modern and responsible business
- CSR policy—corporate social responsibility
- Nepotism, cronyism, and favoritism vs. corporate social responsibility
- Destructive relations among employees—is it suitable for CSR?
- Role of employees‘ interrelationship in the context of sustainable development
- Sustainability as a public declaration to society
- Quick benefit and striving for short-term goals as opposite to sustainability.
The insights gained will be useful for students, practitioners, as well as policy makers.
Dr. hab. Włodzimierz Sroka
Prof. Dr. Jolita Vveinhardt
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- business ethics
- sustainable development