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The Integration of Social Responsibility and Sustainability in Practice: Exploring Attitudes and Practices in Higher Education Institutions

Leal Filho, W., Doni, F., Ruiz Vargas, V., Wall, T., Hindley, A., Rayman-Bacchus, L., Emblen-Perry, Kay and Boddy, J. (2019) The Integration of Social Responsibility and Sustainability in Practice: Exploring Attitudes and Practices in Higher Education Institutions. Journal of Cleaner Production, 220. pp. 152-166. ISSN 0959-6526

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Abstract

The demands placed on Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to deliver sustainability initiatives alongside their long-standing social responsibility commitments has been recognised in literature. However, how these interrelate in practice continues to be relatively unexplored. The extant literature suggests that the integration of the two connected agendas can be problematic due to a range of factors, including a general lack of awareness or even misconceptions of the respective agendas. This paper explores the attitudes and practices related to the integration of social responsibility and sustainability initiatives at HEIs. Theoretically, this study highlights the ongoing relative positioning and importance of economic factors – as it relates to differentiation rather than integration – over others such as social responsibility and sustainability. The main implication of this study is that provide useful insights into how HEIs can closer integrate two contemporary but potentially competing agendas.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainability, universities, social responsibility, institutions, awareness
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Kay Emblen-Perry
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2019 11:36
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2019 12:21
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/7612

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