Topic Group 5a: CSR and Sustainable Entrepreneurship

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Half-way through Agenda 2030: Assessing the 5Ps of SDGs (people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership)



Current trends

Driven by a growing awareness of the dangers of the climate crisis and of the consequences of the increasing pollution, consumers should become one of the main forces of change in the direction of a new sustainability era.

According to the results of a 2019 survey from Accenture, more than half of consumers said they would pay more for sustainable products designed to be reused or recycled.

The survey of 6,000 consumers in 11 countries across North America, Europe and Asia found that while consumers remain primarily focused on quality and price, 83% believe it’s important or extremely important for companies to design products that are meant to be reused or recycled. Nearly three-quarters (72%) of respondents said they’re currently buying more environmentally friendly products than they were five years ago, and 81% said they expect to buy more over the next five years.



Special Issue "Sustainable Consumption and Production by Upcycling: Advances in Science and Practices"

Journal of Consumer Behaviour – John Wiley & Sons Ltd - Online ISSN: 1479-1838

Special Issue:  Consumer Behaviour and Environmental Sustainability

Who are we?

Who are we?

Dr. Roberto Merli

Department of Business Studies, Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy.
ResearchGate Profile

Dr.  Sjors Witjes
Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University, The Netherlands.


Related SDGs

Routledge & Earthscans' Sustainability Hub

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Past Conference

Messina, Italy, 2018

5a Corporate Sustainability and CSR

This Track had 29 interesting papers being presented during the last three days.

What we have observed are very interesting perspectives on Corporate Sustainability (CS) from many different cultural though international backgrounds. In our view, this enriches our understanding of different meanings of CS depending on specific contexts and provides many ideas for future research. Many research projects presented are works in progress of high quality already, so that we look forward to the upcoming conference. We hope that the next years' organizers contact us for creating this Track to which we shall provide template and guidance.


This track as a result of the special issue of "Sustainable Development," an impact journal published by John Wiley,with focus on Corporate Sustainability.

Knowledge Resources


UN - Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

UN – SDG Knowledge Platform – Goal 12

European Union Science Hub - Sustainable production and consumption


Harvard Business Review, The Elusive Green Consumer, July-August 2019

Wang, P. Ghadimi, M.K. Lim, M.-L. Tseng, A literature review of sustainable consumption and production: a comparative analysis in developed and developing economies

Clean. Prod., 206 (2019), pp. 741-754, 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.09.172

V.S.C. Tunn, N.M.P. Bocken, E.A. van den Hende, J.P.L. Schoormans, Business models for sustainable consumption in the circular economy: an expert study

Clean. Prod., 212 (2019), pp. 324-333 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.11.290

N.M.P. Bocken, R. Mugge, C.A. Bom, H.J. Lemstra, Pay-per-use business models as a driver for sustainable consumption: evidence from the case of HOMIE

Clean. Prod., 198 (2018), pp. 498-510, 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.07.043

Viciunaite, F. Alfnes, Informing sustainable business models with a consumer preference perspective

Clean. Prod., 242 (2020), 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118417

O'RourkeA. Ringer, The Impact of Sustainability Information on Consumer Decision Making

Journal of Industrial Ecology, Vol.20 Issue 4, August 2016

Phipps et al., Understanding the inherent complexity of sustainable consumption: A social cognitive framework

Journal of Business Research, 66 (8) (2013), pp. 1227-1234