Management, Social Sustainability, Reputation, and Financial Performance Relationships: An Empirical Examination of U.S. Firms

Robert Sroufe, Venugopal Gopalakrishna-Remani
  • Organization & Environment, February 2018, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/1086026618756611

Empirical Research Involving Construct Development of Social Sustainability

What is it about?

With growing evidence of positive relationships between social sustainability and financial performance, there is a critical need for understanding how innovative organizations integrate sustainability and tie theory to practice. The research in this study uses a sample of Fortune 500 firms simultaneously listed in the Newsweek Green rankings, The Corporate Knights Global 100, and the 100 Best Corporate Citizens lists. The analysis from this purposeful sample of leading firms reveals positive relationships between the management of sustainability practices leading to improved social sustainability performance and firm financial performance constructs. The results of this study advance construct and item development involving sustainability management and social sustainability practices while testing relationships to measures of financial performance. Further advances in the field and opportunities for future research involve testing larger cross-sector samples, the development and measurement of social sustainability practices from secondary sources, longitudinal studies, and the evolving nature of organizational performance measurement.

Why is it important?

The results of this study advance new constructs involving sustainability management and social sustainability while finding positive relationships to firm performance and paradoxical relationships with social sustainability.


Dr Robert Sroufe
Duquesne University

This study is important for the development of new constructs involving social sustainability and sustainability management

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