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Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal

ISSN: 2040-8021

Online from: 2010

Subject Area: Accounting and Finance

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Collaborating to achieve corporate social responsibility and sustainability?: Possibilities and problems

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Title:Collaborating to achieve corporate social responsibility and sustainability?: Possibilities and problems
Author(s):Alan Murray, (Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK), Kathryn Haynes, (Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK), Lucian J. Hudson, (Cornerstone Global Associates, London, UK)
Citation:Alan Murray, Kathryn Haynes, Lucian J. Hudson, (2010) "Collaborating to achieve corporate social responsibility and sustainability?: Possibilities and problems", Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Vol. 1 Iss: 2, pp.161 - 177
Keywords:Corporate social responsibility, Non-governmental organizations, Sustainable development
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/20408021011089220 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:Grateful thanks are extended to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) who funded the seminar series on CSR on which Alan Murray and Kathryn Haynes were co-investigators and at which Lucian Hudson presented, enabling this collaborative paper to develop.

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the possibilities and problems for collaboration in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability. The paper explores the nature and concept of collaboration and its forms, and critically evaluates the potential contribution a collaborative approach between agencies might offer to these agendas.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper explores different forms of research on collaboration, together with a UK Government report on collaboration, to evaluate how the issue is addressed in theory and practice.

Findings – Sustainable development creates extensive challenges for a wide range of agencies, including governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses and civil society. It is unlikely, however, that solutions will be found in any one quarter. Collaboration between agencies in some form would seem a logical step in supporting measures towards a more responsible and environmentally sustainable global economy.

Originality/value – The paper offers new insights into developing a research and praxis agenda for collaborative possibilities towards the advancement of CSR and sustainability.

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