Resources on Sustainability Issues

This guide covers resources on general sustainability issues pertaining to business

Recent Books

Change management for sustainability
2014 (Ebook via Ebooks Corporation)

Corporate sustainability
2013 (Ebook via SpringerLink)

The no-nonsense guide to degrowth and sustainability
2014 (Ebook via ebrary)

Sustainability : key issues
(Mugar  HC79.E5 S8694 2015 )

Sustainable Entrepreneurship Business Success through Sustainability
2014 (Ebook via SpringerLink)

The Ecology of Commerce
(Pardee HD60 .H393 2010)

Nonprofit sustainability : making strategic decisions for financial viability

(Pardee HD62.6 .B45 2010)

People, Planet, Profit:
How to embrace sustainability for innovation and business growth
(Pardee HD60 .F535 2010)

Sustainable excellence:
The future of Business in a fast-changing world (Pardee HC79 E5 C723 2010)

Social responsibility and environmental sustainability in business
(Pardee HD60 S62 2010)

Strategy for sustainability:
a business manifesto
(Pardee HD30.28 .W388 2009)

Sustainability strategies:
when does it pay to be green
(Pardee HD30.255 .O77 2009)

Getting green done:
hard truths from the front lines of the sustainability revolution
(Pardee HC79.E5 S2826 2009)

Making sustainability work:
corporate social, environmental and economic impacts
(Pardee HD60.E67 2008)

Hijacking sustainability

(Mugar HC79.E5 P353 2009)

Sustainability by design:
a subversive strategy for transforming our consume culture
(Mugar HC79.E5 E346 2008)

The principles of sustainability:
transforming law and governance
(Law Annex K3478 .B67 2008)

The business guide to sustainability:
practical strategies and tools for organizations
(Pardee HD30.255 .H58 2006)

Organizations and the sustainability mosaic
: crafting long-term ecological and societal solutions
(Pardee HC79.E5 O745 2007)

Keywords: sustainability, sustainable development, developing countries, globalization consumption, social responsibility of business

Country & Industry Information:

Below are databases focusing on country and economic information:


From main screen, select country under “Choose region/country,” next to map. Country Commerce and Country Finance cover regulations and requirements needed to establish a business in a country.

CIA World Factbook

Provides important unclassified CIA data for more than 250 countries. Covers a wide range of topics including economics, politics, geography and foreign relations. Updated every two weeks.


Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

From main screen, select country under “Choose region/country,” next to map. Country Commerce and Country Finance cover regulations and requirements needed to establish a business in a country.

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

Mergent online (1997]-)
Note: Country Profiles for 100 countries are available at the bottom right corner of the page (below the calendar). Includes Country Statistical Data with Country Map.

OECD iLibrary (2000)
Note: OECD Economic Surveys for over 40 countries. From main screen, Country Reports and Tables are available for 75 countries. See Go To pull down menu, at top of the screen.


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


Recommended Databases for article searching:


Note: ABI/INFORM GLOBAL indexes, abstracts, and provides full text of articles in business magazines, journals, and the Wall Street Journal. ABI/Inform covers more than 1,600 leading business and management publications and scholarly journals with full text for 700 of these titles. ABI/Inform Global also includes ABI/Inform Trade and Industry which covers more than 750 trade publications and ABI/Inform Dateline which provides coverage of more than 140 local, city, state, and regional business publications as well as business-oriented newswire services from the U.S. and Canada.

Note: Scholarly and trade journals.

Factiva (2001)

Search Terms: Sustainability, social responsibility, sustainable development, environmental ethics

Selected Articles

Terry B Porter. (2008). Managerial applications of corporate social responsibility and systems thinking for achieving sustainability outcomes.Systems Research and Behavioral Science,25(3),397.

Patricia Hind, Andrew Wilson, Gilbert Lenssen.(2009).Developing Leaders for Sustainable Business.Corporate Governance,9(1),7-20

Doug Dixon. (2009,May).SUSTAINABILITY: A Factor of Success.Adhesives & Sealants Industry,16(5),20-21.

Melea Press, Eric J Arnould.(2009).Constraints on Sustainable Energy Consumption: Market System and Public Policy Challenges and Opportunities.Journal of Public Policy & Marketing,28(1),102.

Dan R Anderson, Kenneth E Anderson.(2009). Sustainability Risk Management.Risk Management and Insurance Review,12(1),25-38.

Dan R Anderson. (2006). The Critical Importance of Sustainability Risk Management.Risk Management,53(4),66-68,70,72,74.

For more articles on sustainability see our Databases A-Z .

Organizations and Associations

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

International Institutue 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)

ANPEDs main focus is on sustainable consumption and production, the use of goods and servicesresponding 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.