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Sustainable and Responsible Business

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About the SIG

SIG Co-Chair
Helen Goworek


SIG Co-Chair
Konstantina Skritsoval

The last 10-15 years have seen a dramatic rise in interest in the social aspects of business activity. Concerns about climate change have escalated over the last five years to a point where few now dispute the scientific evidence that commercial activity is the greatest contributory factor in global warming.

Throughout Europe especially, but also in other parts of the world, governments have set up initiatives to promote notions of sustainable development and social responsibility. Indeed, it could be argued that the biggest initiatives are ‘supra-national’ involving UN led prerogatives in financial reporting (the Global Reporting Initiative), and in wider societal issues (e.g. the Global Compact and Millennium Goals etc).

In the UK, the government continues to urge companies to adopt responsible strategies and has funded a number of initiatives through the DTI and DEFRA (e.g. the CSR Academy) and increasing amounts of research output is appearing in articles, monographs and books. This whole area has provided a rich area of research over recent years, and the subject is now on the curriculum at about 50 UK academic institutions, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Researchers cover topics ranging from fair trade to green marketing, from sustainable tourism to emissions trading.




  • Act as a wide forum where issues may be debated, whether defined in terms of CSR,
  • Corporate Citizenship, Business in Society, Sustainable Development or Business Ethics;
  • Publicise developments in CSR to members;
  • Organize the CSR track at the annual BAM conference;
  • Generate high quality papers for the CSR track at the BAM annual conference;
  • Provide networking opportunities for BAM members interested in issues of CSR;
  • Act as a resource base for members who wish to develop their interests;
  • Develop links with research centres, NGO’s and policymakers to make research activity relevant to all members.

Sustainable and Responsible Business SIG Virtual Issue

Virtual Issues of BAM Journals are a source of articles from the British Journal of Management and the International Journal of Management Reviews that focus on the intellectual domain of respective SIGs.

If you are preparing an article or thinking about reading lists for a particular course, the virtual issues may be a good place to start.

Sustainable and Responsible Business SIG Virtual Issue


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Useful Resources

Included below is a list of useful web sites. A number of sites invite you to sign up for a newsletter. This can be a daily/weekly round-up of media coverage, or of other general CSR material.

One particularly useful link we have is with the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) at the University of St Andrews. Those who know me, will know of my connection with CSEAR and also for the value of understanding something of the social accounting project in considering CSR issues. Membership of CSEAR is only £30 and the benefits include a journal, full access to the members resources, and reduced fee for the annual conference (AM).

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Other useful web sites:

  • Applied Ethics Resources
  • Business Ethics Online Resources
  • Business in the Community
  • Business for Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire Service
  • Developing Corporate Social Responsibility in the UK
  • Ethics Updates – University of San Diego
  • European Business Campaign on Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Institute of Business Ethics
  • International Association for Business and Society
  • MORI Corporate Social Responsibility Research
  • Reference Centre on Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Sustainable Development International
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Academic Journals (a comprehensive list taken from the IABS website):

  • Business Ethics: a European Review
  • Business and Society
  • Business and Society Review
  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Journal of Business Ethics Education
  • Journal of Corporate Citizenship

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