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Analysing the Governance Factors for Sustainability in Organisations and Their Inter-Relations

Authors
  • Temel, Melis
  • Lozano, Rodrigo
  • Barreiro-Gen, Maria
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers in Sustainability
Publisher
Frontiers Media S.A.
Publication Date
Jun 30, 2021
Volume
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/frsus.2021.684585
Source
Frontiers
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Sustainability
  • Original Research
License
Green

Abstract

Governance is instrumental to the implementing sustainability in organisations (civil society, companies, and public sector ones). Seven governance factors have been identified to achieve this: vision and mission, policies, reporting, communication, board of directors, department, and person in charge. However, their importance and interrelations are still under-researched. A survey was sent to 5,299 organisations, with 305 responses. The responses were analysed using descriptive statistics, rankings, comparison between organisation types, correlations, and centrality. The results provide the ranking of the factors, where vision and mission, person in charge, and reporting were highest ranked. The analysis also reveals that the seven factors are interrelated, albeit some more than others. The research provides a comparison of the rankings and interrelations between the organisation types. Each factor and its relation to other factors can contribute to better governance for sustainability, and better governance can contribute to a more holistic implementation of sustainability in organisations.

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