Call for Papers: International Business, Trade and Environmental Sustainability


Call for Papers
Book "International Business, Trade and Environmental Sustainability: International Business as a positive driver of environmental sustainability"
Editors: Walter Leal (Hamburg University of Applied Science, Germany) and Paulo R. Borges de Brito (Colorado State University, USA).

Global, social, and environmental trends represent pressing concerns for the future of the planet and human populations. The environmental Kuznets curve suggests that economic development initially leads to environmental deterioration, but after a certain level of economic growth, a society begins to improve its relationship with the environment and environmental degradation levels reduce. International trade tends to increase as a result of economic development in developing countries. As countries begin to industrialize, they experience environmental degradation as a result of economic activity moving from subsistence farming in rural areas to industrial activities in urban factories. However, as incomes continue to grow, citizens become increasingly willing to pay for cleaner water and air, and environmental quality begins to improve as cleaner technologies are adopted.

Thus, it has been shown that as international trade boosts income, the result is not a so-called race to the bottom, but, instead a race to the top as wealthier countries are increasingly willing to pay for environmental quality. Similarly, it has been shown that international business in a free trade environment allows a free flow of cleaner technologies to spread across borders. More recent research suggests that international business has not only facilitated access to clean technologies but has also led to more rapid adoption of these technologies by poor countries. 

At the firm level, the concepts of sustainability and corporate social responsibility [CSR] have been spread worldwide and are considered to be one of the most important themes to emerge in recent decades as pressing concerns for the future of the planet and human populations increase. CSR and sustainability have come to represent an important dimension of corporate strategy for business firms across the globe, with an increasing number of firms trying to determine, monitor, and improve the social and environmental impacts of their operations. Despite such an explosion of interest, effective incorporation of sustainability into business practices and management faces serious obstacles, raising the need for more research and implementation.

One of the major obstacles is not that clean technologies are not available, but that they often come at a much higher cost than traditional technologies. Based on the perceived need to address this gap of innovative technologies and adoption, the book "International Business, Trade and Environmental Sustainability" is now being prepared. This timely publication showcases research, feasibility studies, case studies and projects which aim to demonstrate a variety of ways to implement environmental sustainability in firms that operate globally as well as their best practices in international management, adoption of cleaner technologies, global supply chain, greenhouse gas emission reduction, transportation, etc. Expert contributors from industry, government and academia are now invited to submit expressions of interest to contribute to this key publication, ensuring that a variety of themes and perspectives are captured on the "international business as a positive driver of environmental sustainability book ", making it a vital information source to stakeholders in the international business community.

Table of contents: We plan assembling interdisciplinary contributions covering wide-ranging case studies, reviews, outputs of research/studies, etc.  that will provide state-of-the-art information on how firms operating globally are already adopting sustainability practices in different topics. The contents to be included in the book will comprise 20 to 30 articles covering, but not limited to the following main topics:

  • Global sustainable management practices
  • Global sustainable waste management practices
  • Global sustainable food and agricultural markets
  • Global responsible mining and energy
  • Global sustainable sourcing and supply chain
  • Global sustainable transportation
  • Global conservation innovations and investments
  • Global building construction and infrastructure

The book will be published by Springer, one of the top 5 scientific publishers, as part of the award-winning World Sustainability Series, which is the leading peer-review book series on matters related to sustainable development. Publications in the book series officially count for promotion and tenure purposes, and over 2.000 authors have had the opportunity to promote and disseminate their work as part of this well-established and high impact book series.

Expressions of interest to contribute to the book, consisting of a 200 words abstract with all contact details from the authors, should be sent to:, preferably by 15th May 2018. Papers should be in English, up to 6.000 words including references, written in Times Roman 12 and single-spaced. The first draft of the chapter is to reach the editors by 30th August 2018. Revised papers will need to be (re)submitted by 30th October 2018.

Authors who are interested, may take part on a special session to be held at the World Symposium on Social Responsibility and Sustainability, to take place in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, on 27th - 29th June 2018. Details on the event can be seen at:

The Editorial Team

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