[Editorial] Trade-offs in corporate sustainability: you can't have your cake and eat it

Hahn, Tobias, Figge, Frank, Pinkse, Jonatan and Preuss, Lutz (2010) [Editorial] Trade-offs in corporate sustainability: you can't have your cake and eat it. Business Strategy and the Environment, 19 (4). pp. 217-229. ISSN 0964-4733

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Abstract

The mainstream of the literature on corporate sustainability follows the win-win paradigm, according to which economic, environmental and social sustainability aspects can be achieved simultaneously; indeed, corporate sustainability has often been defined by the intersection of these three areas. However, given the multi-faceted and complex nature of sustainable development, we argue that trade-offs and conflicts in corporate sustainability are the rule rather than the exception. Turning a blind eye to trade-offs thus results in a limited perspective on corporate contributions to sustainable development. In order to overcome this situation, we propose an initial framework for the analysis of trade-offs in corporate sustainability. By doing so, we pursue two aims. First, the framework serves as a starting point for a more systematic analysis of trade-offs in corporate sustainability, as it identifies different levels and dimensions to characterize such trade-offs. Second, it serves to contextualize the contributions to this special issue on trade-offs in corporate sustainability. Based on the framework, we finally point to some promising avenues for future research on trade-offs in, and a more inclusive notion of, corporate sustainability. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Depositing User: Stacey Goldup
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2016 08:47
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 08:47
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63844
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