Sustainability Issues

Articles and Reports

Note: Results of Conference Board surveys of company practices. Select Business Management Research (from menu on left). Relevant headings from the drop down list of topics include: Corporate Contributions, Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics, Corporate Governance, Sustainability, and others.

Consult the databases below for articles in business magazines and journals; suggested subject terms to use: Sustainability, social responsibility, sustainable development, environmental ethics.

Factiva (2001)


Selected e-Journals

Sustainability – available through Directory of Open Access Journals
Sustainability Science – available through Springer-Verlag LINK
Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management – available through ABI/INFORM Global
Business Ethics Quarterly – available through Business Source Complete
Corporate Governance (Bradford) – available through ABI/INFORM Global
Corporate Governance Advisor – available through General OneFile



Note: Tracks the social, environmental and governance of corporations throughout the world. Formerly known as Global Socrates.


Organizations and Associations

This site is from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a nonprofit group funded by the Canadian government. This site explains the strategies and tools that companies can use to translate an aspiration for sustainability into practical, effective solutions. Case studies from around the world are provided.

Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes
The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes are global indexes that track the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. Registration is free and required for use of the database.

Feasta: The Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability
Feasta aims to identify the characteristics (economic, cultural and environmental) of a truly sustainable society, articulate how the necessary transition can be effected and promote the implementation of the measures required for this purpose.

Fostering Sustainable Behavior
Provides resources for those working to foster sustainable behaviors, such as those involved in conservation, energy efficiency, transportation, waste reduction, and water efficiency.

International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF)
The International Business Leaders Forum works with business, governments and civil society to enhance the contribution that companies can make to sustainable development.

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
IIED is an independent research organization that work with people in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Middle East and the Pacific, to ensure they have a say in the policy arenas that most closely affect them.

International Institute for Sustainable Development (iisd)
International Institute for Sustainable Development is a policy research institute dedicated to engaging decision-makers in government, business, NGOs in the development and implementation of policies that are simultaneously beneficial to the global economy, the global environment and to social well-being.

Sustainable Measures
Sustainable Measures develops indicators that measure progress toward a sustainable economy, society and environment.

The College Sustainability Report Card
Provide in-depth sustainability profiles for hundreds of colleges in all 50 U.S. States and Canada.

The Northern Alliance for Sustainability (ANPED)
ANPED’s main focus is on sustainable consumption and production, the use of goods and services responding to basic human needs and bringing a better quality of life, while minimizing the use of natural resources, toxic materials and emissions of waste and pollutants over the life cycle, so as not to jeopardize the needs of future generations.

For additional resources, please see the Resources for Sustainability Issues guide and the Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility guide.