Title: Linking corporate sustainability planning and sustainable development at Brisbane Airport, Australia

Authors: Robyn Stokes, Maaike Van der Windt

Addresses: School of Tourism, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland 4072, Australia. ' Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Limited, PO Box 61, Hamilton Central, Queensland 4007, Australia

Abstract: This paper reviews the nexus between corporate sustainability planning and sustainable development in an airport setting with reference to pathways taken by Brisbane Airport in Queensland, Australia. Brisbane Airport Corporation has a revised corporate vision and an action research and strategy agenda that will progressively embed and integrate sustainability across the corporate plan, airport master plan, organisational culture, management systems and decision processes. Among |status quo|, |transformation| and |reform| models of sustainability (Hopwood et al., 2005), the airport has adopted a model of working within the current system while optimising sector-wide partnerships to achieve change. However, the adoption of ACI-North America|s (2009) four pillar approach of economic, operational, social and environmental sustainability takes the airport|s approach beyond triple bottom line criteria. The model provides a platform for developing airport-specific sustainability indicators and the future option of comparing the model|s implementation at airports on different continents.

Keywords: corporate sustainability; sustainable development; airports; airport city; action research; stakeholder engagement; airport management; Australia; sustainability planning; aviation management; corporate planning; organisational culture; management systems; decision making; airport master plans; partnerships; sustainability indicators.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAM.2011.038294

International Journal of Aviation Management, 2011 Vol.1 No.1/2, pp.70 - 88

Published online: 27 Jan 2011 *

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