Creating Sustainability in Organisations: Beyond Being Green

By Ling Wong and Gayle C. Avery.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Sustainability in organisations is not just about addressing social responsibility or meeting triple bottom line criteria to maximise shareholders’ short-term interests. This paper proposes that sustainability can only be created when business leaders transform the way they currently think, challenge economic myths, and adopt a systematic and holistic view. This will generate a philosophy of leadership that embraces a set of sustainable values and principles. Sustainable practices will become embedded in corporate strategies, balancing hard and soft goals for the long-term interests of multiple stakeholders. To execute such sustainable strategies well demands a culture of enrichment, trust, shared values, professionalism and collegiality, learning, innovation and communitarianism. Sustainability in organisations is created when all three components – leadership, corporate strategies and culture – reinforce each other for the long-term benefit of multiple stakeholders.

Keywords: Leadership, Sustainability

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.69-76. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 548.491KB).

Ling Wong

Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Ling Wong is a research associate at the Institute for Sustainable Leadership at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia, where she completed her MBA in 2008. She has extensive management experience and has worked for major corporations including Canon.

Prof. Gayle C. Avery

Professor, MGSM, Macquarie University, Macquarie Park, NSW, Australia

Professor Gayle Avery heads the Institute for Sustainable Leadership at Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney, Australia. At MGSM since 1997, she teaches elective MBA subjects in leadership and takes the annual European Study Tour to Germany and Switzerland to examine best practices in sustainability. She is author of many papers and books on leadership and sustainability, including Leadership for Sustainable Futures and Understanding Leadership. Gayle Avery is consultant to major organisations in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.


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