Sustainable Development, Corporate Sustainability and the Circular Economy



This chapter focusses on the circular economy. Nonetheless, to engage the reader with a more inclusive narrative of the models that have been proposed to move towards a more environmentally and socially sustainable economy, this chapter briefly reviews some critical perspectives of ‘sustainable development’, ‘corporate sustainability’ and other proposals discussed in the literature in the recent years. This chapter also describes the context within which the circular economy thinking has emerged and its characteristics. It reflects on its relationship with ‘sustainable development’ and ‘corporate sustainability’ as well as with its originators, and it reviews some critical perspectives of the concept.


Sustainability Corporate environmentalism Circular economy 


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