Calls for Papers

Innovative Measurement Approaches for Corporate Sustainability

Special Issue: Sustainable Development

(Impact Factor: 1.692; ISI Journal Citation Reports Ranking: 2013: 11/55 (Planning & Development))

Submission deadline: 31 May 2015.

Innovative measurement methods and measures of corporate sustainability, such as composite indicators, multi-criteria performance metrics or indicator based process analyses, etc. are approaches to help companies in managing their contribution to sustainable development. To support the activities aiming at sustainability improvements of organisations, accountants, among other professionals, can play an important role in extending performance measurement beyond the established externally oriented corporate social and environmental accountability and reporting activities. This special issue aims at extending the current knowledge on sustainability measurement and accounting approaches. It attempts to encourage researchers, practitioners and policy makers to consider all organizations, regardless of their processes, products, size, structure, location, and existing management and accounting systems. The articles in this special issue of the journal ‘Sustainable Development’ will build upon previously published papers and will extend the results of recent discussions on innovative measures for sustainable development on the organizational level. We invite submission of review papers and papers which encompass the full range of quantitative and qualitative methods as well as case studies. The following topics provide a guide to relevant areas but the editors will consider all high quality papers related to the broader theme of innovative corporate sustainability measurement, assessment, accounting, and evaluation methods: reviews of approaches measuring negative environmental and social impacts of companies; proposals for approaches measuring positive sustainability contributions of companies; innovations in composite sustainability indexes and multivariate measurement models as useful tools for managing corporate contributions to sustainable development of markets and society; proposals for approaches measuring corporate sustainability contributions in the supply chain; impacts of innovations in corporate sustainability measurement on corporate financial success; impacts of innovations in corporate sustainability measurement on corporate social and environmental performance; the role of accounting, performance measurement and reporting to create sustainability innovations, etc.

More information on the call for papers can be found here and authors guidelines can be found here.

Tentative Time schedule: Contributors with proposals for papers are encouraged to communicate with the co-editors by e-mail. Call for papers: 1st September 2014. Submission of a paper to the editorial team of this special issue by 31st May 2015: igor.alvarez[at] with cc to edortas[at] and schaltegger[at] All papers shall be submitted by email. The review feedback for the first round will be in summer 2015. Publication of the special issue is targeted for 2016.