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Corporate sustainability leaders and their reporting on sustainable development: environmental profile focus
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology. (MERO)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3167-9389
2010 (English)In: The Sixteenth Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference. The Kadoorie Institute, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China: Conference Proceedings, 2010Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Production and  product related environmental impacts of a company can form a basis for defining the corporate environmental profile,  as production and  product related environmental profiles,  as well as for defining environmental leaders. This distinction between production and  product related environmental issues  is particularly important when  considering the  environmental profile  within sectors   with   prominent  product  related  profiles,   such   as  the   environmental  technology  sector. Previous  research  has   shown  low   levels   of  awareness  of  the   production  and   product  related dimensions of the  environmental profile  among companies in the  environmental technology sector. Consideration of production and  product related environmental dimensions should also  be of great importance to companies in other  sectors.  This paper presents results from  a study into  description and  reporting of environmental issues  among 19 companies ranked as Global  Supersector Leaders in

2009/2010 by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).

The  results show   that  all  of  these  companies are  aware   of  production and   product related environmental aspects.  There  are  also  examples, both  as  headings on  websites and  as  sections  in sustainability  reports,  where   companies structure  their   environmental  initiatives separately  with respect  to production (or their  own  operations) and  products. In addition, the  results show  that  the environmental profile  of a company may  also  include environmental engagement, with  or without links to the core business, in the local community or in society,  as initiatives to encourage responsible environmental behavior among employees, consumers and the public.  The paper ends with a proposed model  of corporate environmental profile.

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2010.
Keyword [en]
corporate social responsibility (CSR), environmental profile, product and production related environmental profile, environmental leaders, sustainability leaders, environmental reporting, sustainability reporting
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering
Research subject
Energy- and Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-10668ISBN: 978-988-18934-1-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-10668DiVA: diva2:359857
Conference
The International Sustainable Development Research Society had its 16th annual conference in Hong Kong on 30 May - 1 June 2010.
Available from: 2010-10-31 Created: 2010-10-31 Last updated: 2014-12-02Bibliographically approved

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