Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 95–105

Concepts and Definitions of CSR and Corporate Sustainability: Between Agency and Communion

  • Marcel van Marrewijk

DOI: 10.1023/A:1023331212247

Cite this article as:
van Marrewijk, M. Journal of Business Ethics (2003) 44: 95. doi:10.1023/A:1023331212247


This paper provides an overview of the contemporary debate on the concepts and definitions of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Sustainability (CS). The conclusions, based on historical perspectives, philosophical analyses, impact of changing contexts and situations and practical considerations, show that "one solution fits all"-definition for CS(R) should be abandoned, accepting various and more specific definitions matching the development, awareness and ambition levels of organizations.

corporate social responsibilitycorporate sustainabilityspiral dynamicsvalue systemsWilber

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcel van Marrewijk
    • 1
  1. 1.Van Linden van den Heuvellsingel 7VlaardingenThe Netherlands