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Sustainable development—Direct and indirect effects between economic, social, and environmental dimensions in business practices
Halmstad University, School of Business, Innovation and Sustainability.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8194-2053
Kristiania University College, Oslo, Norway.
Universidad De Murcia, Murcia, Spain.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7803-2104
University Of Vigo, Vigo, Spain.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5620-2435
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2022 (English)In: Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, ISSN 1535-3958, E-ISSN 1535-3966, Vol. 29, no 5, p. 1158-1172Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study investigates the direct and indirect effects between economic, social and environmental dimensions of triple bottom line (TBL), based on a questionnaire survey and cross-industrial sample in Sweden. The analyses apply partial least squares structural equation models. The study tests the direct and indirect effects between economic, social, and environmental dimensions of TBL and offers additional validity and reliability to establish the measurement and structural properties between the dimensions of TBL. The study extends earlier findings by explicitly discussing how the three TBL goals relate to each other and shows how the dynamic capability view can be a fruitful lens to investigate business sustainability. Some differences in sustainability business practices caused by differences in national cultures are identified. Sustainability reporting in a strong uncertainty avoidance (UA) country happens in accordance with regulations and laws. Conversely, for weak UA cultures, reporting and compliance with regulations are ways to build trust with stakeholders. That is, reporting is more transparent and widespread in weak UA countries. The study also provides a foundation to guide companies' actions of business sustainability. The model shows companies how to establish the order of actions undertaken across economic, social, and environmental dimensions. In addition, it clarifies that the economic dimension exerts an effect on the social and environmental dimensions. The model also grasps long-term economic performance by including competitiveness and brand value, while earlier research mainly has focused on more short-term measurements as return on assets. © 2022 The Authors. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management published by ERP Environment and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, 2022. Vol. 29, no 5, p. 1158-1172
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business sustainability, economic, social and environmental sustainability, sustainable development, Sweden, triple bottom line
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-46489DOI: 10.1002/csr.2261ISI: 000765146600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85125651894OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-46489DiVA, id: diva2:1645728
Available from: 2022-03-18 Created: 2022-03-18 Last updated: 2022-10-24Bibliographically approved

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