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A Guide to Sustainable Corporate Responsibility

From Theory to Action

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Offers practical guidelines on how to effectively manage the transition to a more responsible sustainable, company

  • Explores the development of sustainability and corporate responsibility from economic theory to sustainable businesses

  • Draws on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, exploring what they mean for business, especially SMEs

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    • Caroline D. Ditlev-Simonsen
    Pages 1-8Open Access
  3. Sustainable Corporate Responsibility

    • Caroline D. Ditlev-Simonsen
    Pages 9-36Open Access
  4. Economic Theories and Sustainable Development

    • Caroline D. Ditlev-Simonsen
    Pages 37-60Open Access
  5. The Business Case for Sustainability

    • Caroline D. Ditlev-Simonsen
    Pages 103-128Open Access
  6. Circular Economy: New Business Models

    • Caroline D. Ditlev-Simonsen
    Pages 129-148Open Access
  7. Strategy to Approach Sustainability in Companies: A Step by Step Model

    • Caroline D. Ditlev-Simonsen
    Pages 149-162Open Access
  8. Stakeholder Management

    • Caroline D. Ditlev-Simonsen
    Pages 163-188Open Access
  9. Sustainability and Finance: Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG)

    • Caroline D. Ditlev-Simonsen
    Pages 189-206Open Access
  10. Anti-corruption

    • Caroline D. Ditlev-Simonsen
    Pages 207-214Open Access
  11. Sustainability in Developing Countries: Case Sub-Saharan Africa

    • Caroline D. Ditlev-Simonsen
    Pages 215-234Open Access
  12. The Way Forward: Is Sustainable Development Realistic?

    • Caroline D. Ditlev-Simonsen
    Pages 235-243Open Access
  13. Back Matter

    Pages 245-274

About this book

This open access book discusses the challenges and opportunities faced by companies in an age that increasingly values sustainability and demands corporate responsibility. Beginning with the historical development of corporate responsibility, this book moves from academic theory to practical application. It points to ways in which companies can successfully manage their transition to a more responsible, sustainable way of doing business, common mistakes to avoid and how the UN Sustainable Development Goals are integral to any sustainability transformation. Practical cases illustrate key points.

Drawing on thirty years of sustainability research and extensive corporate experience, the author provides tools such as a Step-by-Step strategic guide on integrating sustainability in collaboration with stakeholders including employees, customers, suppliers and investors. The book is particularly relevant for SMEs and companies operating in emerging markets. From a broader perspective, the value of externalities, full cost pricing, alternative economic theories and circular economy are also addressed.




  • sustainability
  • sustainable business management
  • corporate social responsibility
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • practical guide
  • reporting
  • Open Access


“This is a most welcome and insightful review taking us through some of the most significant developments during the past decades, where the world's understanding of the role of business in society has been fundamentally challenged. Caroline D Ditlev-Simonsen provides an important contribution that avoids moralizing but rather invites the readers to think for ourselves and then act accordingly for ourselves. Well done!”


Dr. Mette Morsing 

Head of PRME Principles for Responsible Management Education 

United Nations Global Compact



“Bridging research and practice, this book is a very useful guide for anyone who seeks corporate sustainability.” 


Dr Jørgen Randers,

Professor emeritus of climate strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School

co-author of The Limits to Growth in 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Law and Governance, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway

    Caroline D. Ditlev-Simonsen

About the author

Caroline D. Ditlev-Simonsen is a Professor at BI Norwegian Business School and Co-Director of the BI Centre for Sustainability and Energy with extensive international corporate- and organizational experience in the areas of sustainability and corporate responsibility. Sitting on various committees and boards, she has influenced the development of laws and regulations in the field.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: A Guide to Sustainable Corporate Responsibility

  • Book Subtitle: From Theory to Action

  • Authors: Caroline D. Ditlev-Simonsen

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Business and Management, Business and Management (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-88202-0Published: 15 December 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-88205-1Published: 27 February 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-88203-7Published: 14 December 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 274

  • Number of Illustrations: 24 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Corporate Environmental Management, Management

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Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

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