Using Proactive Legal Strategies for Corporate Environmental Sustainability

27 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2016

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Gerlinde Berger-Walliser

University of Connecticut - School of Business - Dept. of Business Law

Paul Shrivastava

Concordia University, Quebec - John Molson School of Business

Adam J. Sulkowski

Babson College

Date Written: June 3, 2016

Abstract

We argue that proactive law can help organizations be more sustainable. Towards that end, this Article first provides a synopsis of proactive law literature as it pertains to corporate sustainability. Next, we discuss a series of illustrative cases on the pivotal nexus of proactive law and corporate sustainability. We then advance novel propositions that connect proactive law to central organizational design elements. The discussion traces further implications and suggests fruitful avenues for research and ways of using proactive law for firms to become more sustainable.

Keywords: Proactive Law, legal strategy, law, law as strategy, sustainable business, sustainability, corporate responsibility, corporate social responsibility, CSR, stakeholders, stakeholder engagement, strategy

Suggested Citation

Berger-Walliser, Gerlinde and Shrivastava, Paul and Sulkowski, Adam J., Using Proactive Legal Strategies for Corporate Environmental Sustainability (June 3, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2789801 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2789801

Gerlinde Berger-Walliser

University of Connecticut - School of Business - Dept. of Business Law ( email )

368 Fairfield Road
Storrs, CT 06269-2041
United States

Paul Shrivastava

Concordia University, Quebec - John Molson School of Business ( email )

1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8
Canada

Adam J. Sulkowski (Contact Author)

Babson College ( email )

231 Forest St.
Babson Park, MA 02457-0310
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.babson.edu/Academics/faculty/profiles/Pages/sulkowski-adam.aspx

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