Calls for CSR-related papers

July 30, 2008

Some calls for CSR-related papers that reached me via Alan Murray’s recent BAM CSR SIG newsletter (it’s worth joining the SIG if you’re not already a member – see HERE for details):


Special issue of Business Strategy and the Environment on the topic of: ‘Trade-Offs in Corporate Sustainability’. Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2008. See for more details.


Lots of calls for submissions in Business Ethics Quarterly here:


Special issue of Social Responsibility Journal on ‘Globalization, Sustainable Development and Socially Responsible Initiatives in Developing Countries’. The special issue will be published in late 2009. The deadline for submission of full papers is 15th December 2008 but early submission is encouraged.


Journal of Business Ethics, call for papers for a special issue on ‘Cross Sector Social Interactions’. Deadline for submission is May 31st 2009. For more information email one of the guest editors: Dr Maria May Seitanidi at Brunel Business School


Latest additions to the Blogroll

July 30, 2008

I’ve just added some more links on the Blogroll: Tommorrow’s Company, Force for Good, Ethical Performance, Environmental Leader, CR Matters and (which you can switch between English, German and French languages). Let me know of any others not already there and I’ll add them.

CSR Journals

July 28, 2008

I’ve just added some more CSR/SD related journals to the blog (see the ‘CSR Journals’ tab)… do let me know if you hear of any others that are not currently listed and I’ll add them here.

Sustainability reporting by S&P 100 companies made major advances from 2005-2007

July 18, 2008

SIRAN/Social Investment Forum Report Finds Strong Growth in CSR Web Sites, CSR Reports and Use of Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines


WASHINGTON, D.C. July 17, 2008 —  More than half of the United States’ 100 largest publicly traded companies now report on their sustainability efforts, and more than a third now incorporate elements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sustainability reporting guidelines, according to a report released today by the Sustainable Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN), a working group of the Social Investment Forum (SIF), and conducted by the independent investment research firm KLD Research & Analytics, Inc.


The 2008 S&P 100 Sustainability Report Comparison, which evaluates SIRAN data through the end of 2007, shows a marked increase in sustainability reporting and use of the GRI by the top U.S. companies since mid-2005.


Key findings include:


* 86 of the S&P 100 companies now have corporate sustainability websites, compared to 58 in mid-2005, an increase of 48 percent;


* 49 of the leading U.S. companies produced a sustainability report in 2007, an increase of 26 percent from 39 in 2005;


* 41 now include a reference or references to the GRI standards, up 71 percent from just 24 in 2005; and


* 34 companies now include a GRI Index in their report, an increase of 70 percent, up from 20 in 2005.


SIRAN’s third annual analysis of sustainability reporting by companies listed on the Standard & Poor U.S. 100 Index is available at


July 7, 2008

Special issue on: Cross Sector Social Interactions


The Journal of Business Ethics announces the call for papers for a special issue on Cross Sector Social Interactions. The deadline for submission is May 31, 2009. The special issue is jointly edited by Dr. Maria May Seitanidi ( and Professor Adam Lindgreen (


Purpose of the Special Issue


Interactions across sectorial boundaries have intensified over the last years. One of the more recent forms of interactions are cross sector social partnerships (Selsky and Parker, 2005), which involve organisations across different economic sectors—public, nonprofit, and business—that aim to address social issues by providing society with what was traditionally termed ‘public goods’ such as clean water, clean air, environmental protection, health care, and education. For cases of these types of partnerships, we refer to Warner and Sullivan (2004). However, cross sector social partnerships are only one of the forms of interaction across the sectors and sometimes suffer from rhetorical attempts to address the social good. Hence we need to go beyond the form of interaction and examine the level of interactions that take place across the sectors. There are four dynamic constellations of interactions across organisations from different economic sectors that emerge: public-private, private-nonprofit, nonprofit-public, and tripatrite social interactions.


The aim of this call for papers is to encourage researchers in any of the above areas to look at the level of interaction rather than the form of interaction or frame of practice. Focusing on the interactions across organisations and sectors can allow for meaningful comparisons across different frames of practice, organisational forms, industries, sectors, and countries in order to observe emergent patterns. Hence, researchers should examine the three different levels of reality—the micro level of individual interactions, the meso level of organisational or sectorial interactions, and the macro level of societal interactions. By looking at social interactions (i.e., interactions for the social good) the special issue will allow for the central question to be addressed of how society is better off due to the joining efforts of organisations across sectors (Austin, 2000), which paradoxically has not been addressed directly in the literature. Answering this question will potentially increase the benefit to both the practitioner and academic audience of the journal in developing systematic practices and studies with the aim to increase the transferability, sustainability, and the benefits of the interactions for society (Seitanidi and Crane, 2008).


Specific topics in relation to social interactions may include, but are not limited to:


·         A historical overview of cross sector social interactions in each of the four constellations

·         Theoretical frameworks of formation, implementation, and outcomes of any type of cross sector social interactions (on any of the three different levels of reality)

·         The role of social interactions across the different sectors as a way of delivering social goods

·         The measurement of cross sector social interactions on different levels of analysis

·         Managing cross sector social interactions across different contexts

·         Theoretical contributions on how best to analyse cross sector social interactions

·         Cross sector social interactions in different industries

·         The motivations, processes and dynamics of cross sector social interactions

·         Critical approaches to develop and assess the impact of cross sector social interactions


Preference will be given to empirical papers (both qualitative and quantitative) although theoretical papers that offer comprehensive frameworks of any type of cross sector social interaction are also welcome. As the Journal of Business Ethics appeals equally to academic and business audience, all submissions should include implications for practitioners.

Call for Papers – Business & Society

July 6, 2008

CALL FOR PAPERS – Business & SocietyThe Role of Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) in the Business – Government – Society Interface, Business & Society (special issue), papers due by September 26th, 2008.

For additional information, click HERE