The terms corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and sustainability seem to have become ubiquitous and increasingly tend to be either used together or to be used interchangeably. In this chapter, the authors consider these terms their interchangeability and the context in which they are used. In doing so, they conclude that the terms are not interchangeable but are inevitably related and all must appear, at times, within the discourse of organisational reporting. In the context of increasing globalisation there is a, perhaps inevitable, tendency towards homogeneity and this chapter serves to set the scene for the topic of this book and the various contribution contained therein. The issues are complex and these contributions demonstrate the wide variety of ways in investigating this. There are a considerable number of topics covered and contributions made from people from all over the world. The introductory chapter demonstrates this.
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Crowther, D., Seifi, S., Moyeen, A. (2018). Responsibility and Governance in Achieving Sustainability. In: Crowther, D., Seifi, S., Moyeen, A. (eds) The Goals of Sustainable Development . Approaches to Global Sustainability, Markets, and Governance. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-5047-3_1
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