Title: On corporate sustainability integration and the support of tools

Authors: Sjors Witjes; Jacqueline M. Cramer; Walter J.V. Vermeulen

Addresses: Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, P.O. Box 90115, 3508TC, The Netherlands ' Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, P.O. Box 90115, 3508TC, The Netherlands ' Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, P.O. Box 90115, 3508TC, The Netherlands

Abstract: Various tools have been developed to support companies integrating corporate sustainability (CS) into their organisational system. Research on the use of these tools does not clearly show how these tools support the integration process of CS. This paper focuses on the CS integration support of three tools most often mentioned in the literature. We will question the contribution each tool can make in supporting CS integration, based on six integration process elements. The analysis shows a potential complementarity between the tools. Moreover, companies should be critical on where within the organisation the interventions for CS integration are needed and what improvement should be generated before choosing tools.

Keywords: corporate sustainability integration; sustainability reporting; life cycle assessment; LCA; environmental management systems; EMSs.

DOI: 10.1504/WREMSD.2018.094332

World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 2018 Vol.14 No.5, pp.581 - 607

Received: 11 Aug 2016
Accepted: 16 Aug 2016

Published online: 12 Jul 2018 *

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