Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Sustainability: Separate Pasts, Common Futures

Posted: 4 Dec 2009

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Ivan Montiel

Zicklin School of Business, Department of Management, Baruch College - The City University of New York

Date Written: December 1, 2009

Abstract

This article reviews the different definitions of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate sustainability (CS) used over time to reveal points of difference and congruence between the two terms. Management literature uses both CSR and CS to refer to social and environmental management issues, but there is no clear distinction between the two terms. First, the author quantifies the articles published about CSR and CS in both general management and specialized journals. Second, the author summarizes the different CSR- and CS-related definitions to identify the definitional differences between CSR and CS. Finally, the author identifies opportunities to reshape a rapidly changing field by enhancing collaboration among scholars devoted to studying CSR and CS issues.

Keywords: corporate social responsibility, social performance, sustainability, sustainable development, environmental management

Suggested Citation

Montiel, Ivan, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Sustainability: Separate Pasts, Common Futures (December 1, 2009). Organization & Environment, Vol, 21, No. 3, pp. 245-69, September 2008; The Interaction of Law, Biology & Ecnomics in the Areas of Property, Economy & Environmental Protection Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1516812

Ivan Montiel (Contact Author)

Zicklin School of Business, Department of Management, Baruch College - The City University of New York ( email )

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