An Evaluation of Sustainability in Large British Companies

Iqbal, Taskin and Keay, Andrew (2019) An Evaluation of Sustainability in Large British Companies. Common Law World Review, 48 (1-2). pp. 39-63. ISSN 1473-7795

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This article undertakes an assessment of the sustainability efforts of some of the largest corporations that are listed on the FTSE 100. It provides empirical insights into how large listed British corporations are addressing sustainability and their efforts in terms of incorporating sustainability factors into their business operations. The study was based on an extended content analysis of each corporation’s annual and sustainability reports. Our findings demonstrate that corporations are trying to integrate sustainability in their business strategies even though there are variations in their efforts. There are indications that the majority of the corporations have been able to embed sustainability in their strategy and operations and are now attempting to establish goals for further improvement. We found strong evidence of willingness to engage with relevant stakeholders to evaluate which sustainability issues are of importance to the particular corporations and then to communicate to those relevant stakeholders the measures that have been taken to integrate sustainability in their business strategies. However, our findings also revealed areas where there is a need for further improvement such as compliance with international standards for sustainability reporting and establishment of better frameworks to enhance their sustainability efforts.

Keywords:Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility
Subjects:M Law > M221 Business and Commercial Law
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Law School
ID Code:35266
Deposited On:11 Apr 2019 10:34

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