Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Importance of Sustainability Indicators

  • Gisele MazonEmail author
  • Issa Ibrahim Berchin
  • Thiago Coelho Soares
  • José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade Guerra
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_526



Sustainability indicators provide information for managers to make decisions. Management instrument performance indicators are composed of one or more indicator groups that allow continuous assessment of the position and evolution of a particular activity of a company (King 2016).

Sustainability indicators are not just traditional performance metrics, they are also important to supporting city development.

During the last few decades, corporations have become more active in publishing sustainability reports (Hahn and Kühnen 2013; Montecchia et al. 2016; Halkos and Skouloudis 2016). Corporations benefit from those publications by improving their public image and their relationships with stakeholders (Kolk 2008; Hahn and Kühnen 2013; Bocquet et al. 2013). Sustainability is thus considered a key factor within the corporations’ performance (Reilly and Hynan 2014; Hahn and Kühnen 2013).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gisele Mazon
    • 1
    Email author
  • Issa Ibrahim Berchin
    • 2
  • Thiago Coelho Soares
    • 2
  • José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade Guerra
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidade do Sul de Santa CatarinaTubarãoBrazil
  2. 2.Center for Sustainable Development (Greens)Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (Unisul)FlorianópolisBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ulisses Azeiteiro
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AveiroAveiroPortugal