Sustainable Initiatives and Practices of the Most Sustainable Organizations in the World

Waqas Nawaz, Patrick Linke, Muammer Koҫ

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Sustainability management in organizations lacks a holistic operational framework; thus, learning from the best practices of selected sustainable firms may allow researchers to extend and transform the theoretical sustainability management models to practicable frameworks and standards. The objective of this study is to review the sustainability best practices from sustainability/annual reports of the systematically identified most sustainable organizations. The starting set of 100 most sustainable organizations was obtained from a sustainability ranking—Corporate Knights, Global 100. A review-selection-criteria was developed and applied to objectively screen the organizational reports between 2013 and 2017. As a result, 28 sustainability/annual reports, of six organizations, were selected for the review of best sustainability practices. The review highlights several best practices under eight sustainability themes, ranging from governance to operational level. Managers can use the findings of this study to roll-out similar initiatives in their firms, while researchers may use these practices to instill a practical approach in the theoretical sustainability management models.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Sustainability Series
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameWorld Sustainability Series
ISSN (Print)2199-7373
ISSN (Electronic)2199-7381



  • Corporate knights
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Organizational sustainability benchmarks
  • Sustainability management
  • Sustainable initiatives and practices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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Nawaz, W., Linke, P., & Koҫ, M. (2020). Sustainable Initiatives and Practices of the Most Sustainable Organizations in the World. In World Sustainability Series (pp. 17-41). (World Sustainability Series). Springer.