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Business and Professional Ethics Journal

Volume 31, Issue 3/4, Fall 2012

Amber Wigmore-Álvarez, Mercedes Ruiz-Lozano
Pages 475-498

University Social Responsibility (USR) in the Global Context
An Overview of Literature

Higher education institutions worldwide have begun to embrace sustainability issues and engage their campuses and communities in such efforts, which have led to the development of integrity and ethical values in these organizations and their relationships with stakeholders. This study provides a literary review of the concept of University Social Responsibility (USR) and sustainability programs worldwide, grouped into eight research streams: conceptual framework, strategic planning and USR, educating on USR, spreading USR, reporting and USR, evaluation of USR, barriers and accelerators and case studies. The aforementioned research streams served as a context to explore best practices in sustainability on a global basis.

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