Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 107, Issue 3, pp 239–253 | Cite as

Corporate Sustainability Performance Measurement Systems: A Review and Research Agenda

  • Cory Searcy


Corporate sustainability performance measurement systems (SPMS) have been the subject of a growing amount of research. However, there are many challenges and opportunities associated with the design, implementation, use, and evolution of these systems that have yet to be addressed. The purpose of this article is to identify future directions for research in the design, implementation, use, and evolution of corporate SPMS. A concise review of key literature published between 2000 and 2010 is presented. The literature review focuses on research conducted at the both the individual corporation- and sector-levels. The review of published literature provides a basis for the identification of a structured set of 65 key research questions to guide future work. The research questions will be of interest to both practitioners and researchers in corporate sustainability performance measurement.


Sustainable development Indicators Composite indicators Performance measures Metrics Corporate sustainability 



Funding for this research was provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The author would also like to thank the four anonymous reviewers for their thoughtful comments on previous versions of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Industrial EngineeringRyerson UniversityTorontoCanada

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