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A Guide to Sustainable Corporate Responsibility

From Theory to Action

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  • 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)


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.




“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

  • 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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