Sustainability, Faith and the Market

Ross School of Business Paper No. 1107

Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture and Ecology, Vol. 12, pp. 129-145, 2008

17 Pages Posted: 21 May 2008 Last revised: 29 May 2015

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Lloyd Sandelands

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Andrew John Hoffman

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Date Written: July 28, 2008

Abstract

While "sustainability" has become a major concern in business today, there has been little progress toward a sustainable future. This is because the idea of sustainability in academic and policy debates is too small and too beholden to the assumptions that have created today's environmental and development crises. Current calls for reform have neither the vision nor the authority to sustain us in the relationships to self, society, and environment that define our human being. Reaching beyond our secular profession of business management to our Christian faith, we argue for a bigger idea of sustainability that puts these relationships into their true context based on our relationship to God. We identify sustainability with four principles of Christian theology - which we label anthropic, relational, ethical, and divine love - and we link economic development with eight principles of Catholic social doctrine - which the Church labels unity andmeaning, common good, universal destination, subsidiarity, participation, solidarity, social values, and love. We believe this bigger idea of sustainability transforms talk about the future from a gloomy contentiousness rooted in fear to a bright cooperation rooted in hope.

Keywords: sustainability, market, faith, God, Catholic Church

Suggested Citation

Sandelands, Lloyd and Hoffman, Andrew John, Sustainability, Faith and the Market (July 28, 2008). Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture and Ecology, Vol. 12, pp. 129-145, 2008; Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture and Ecology, Vol. 12, pp. 129-145, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1135623 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1135623

Lloyd Sandelands (Contact Author)

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Andrew John Hoffman

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business ( email )

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Ann Arbor, MI MI 48109
United States
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