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Investment in Sustainable Development: A UK Perspective on the Business and Academic Challenges

  • Nigel Garland

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    (Sustainable Design Research Centre, School of Design, Engineering and Computing, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, BH12 5BB, UK)

  • Mark Hadfield

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    (Research and Enterprise, School of Design, Engineering and Computing, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, BH12 5BB, UK)

  • George Howarth

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    (School of Design, Engineering and Computing, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, BH12 5BB, UK)

  • David Middleton

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    (Business Council for Sustainable Development-UK, Floodgate Street, Birmingham, B5 5SL, UK)

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    There are many legislative, stakeholder and supply chain pressures on business to be more ‘sustainable’. Universities have recognised the need for graduate knowledge and understanding of sustainable development issues. Many businesses and universities have responded and introduced Sustainable Development models into their operations with much of the current effort directed at climate change. However, as the current worldwide financial crisis slowly improves, the expectations upon how businesses operate and behave are changing. It will require improved transparency and relationships with all stakeholders, which is the essence of sustainable development. The challenges and opportunities for both business and universities are to understand the requirements of sustainable development and the transformation that is required. They should ensure that knowledge is embedded within the culture of the organisation and wider society in order to achieve a sustainable future.

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    Volume (Year): 1 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 4 (November)
    Pages: 1144-1160

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