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About the Innovating for Sustainability Salon

The Innovating for Sustainability Salon is an intimate community of scholars, each conducting research related to innovating for sustainability. Through virtual meetings, members share ideas and push one another's thinking, without the heavy burden of conference travel.

Salon members meet for 1.5 hours, every 2 months. Discussions begin with member presentations, followed by 45 minutes for general discussion.

The Salon has an international scope, yet intimate and engaged membership. We ask that all members:

  1. Be engaged in research related to innovating for sustainability
  2. Attend meetings regularly and review pre-read materials in advance
  3. Present their ongoing research at some point

Interested in joining?

Just share your contact information. You’ll be added to a mailing list to receive details about upcoming virtual meetings. We encourage scholars from all countries and career stages to participate. The diversity will increase learning for all.

Have questions? Please contact Chelsea Hicks-Webster.

Upcoming meeting: RSVP to attend. Apply to present.

Date: June 19, 2019

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Eastern Time

Theme: Corporate-Government Collaborations for Innovation

Corporations are increasingly collaborating with governments to innovate. This type of innovation a priori is surprising because corporate social responsibility (CSR) was viewed as a business, not government, activity. Increasingly, though, governments are seeing the value of collaborating with corporations to advance the responsibility and innovation agenda (Buhmann, 2016).

At the regional level, institutions such as the European Commissions and the OECD have produced guidelines and have asked its member states to adopt CSR policies.  National governments around the world have organized public campaigns to promote CSR, published reports and guidelines, awarded leading companies, provided technical assistance, appointed CSR ministers or ambassadors, edicted laws making mandatory CSR reporting and supply-chain accountability, promoted socially responsible investing for specific public funds or through tax incentives, and more (Albareda, Lozano and Ysa, 2007; Itotenaan, Samy, Bampton, 2014). Public administrations at the local level and municipalities have also coordinated various projects to promote CSR and stakeholder-business engagement (Theuer, 2013; Everingham, 2007).

There are several advantages of corporate-government collaborations for innovating for CSR. For corporations, the collaborations can offer deeper pockets to help overcome perilous valley of deaths. For governments, the collaborations provide an efficient way to jumpstart activities that promote society’s well-being, while creating interconnections that will ensure the innovations are novel and will ultimately be adopted. Furthermore, it provides a more flexible approach to societal changes than regulations.

But is it all good? Such collaborations are also rife with land mines and there is much to learn about collaborating effectively. 

RSVP now

Use the form below to RSVP for the June 19 meeting (required) and indicate if you would like to speak about your research. You must “Join the Salon” in order to attend.

In the coming weeks, we will provide you with the list of presenters, the call-in instructions, and the full list of attendees.

Cited References

Albareda, L., Lozano, J. M., & Ysa, T. (2007). Public policies on corporate social responsibility: The role of governments in europe. Journal of Business Ethics, 74(4), 391-407. doi:

Buhmann, K. (2016). Public regulators and CSR: The 'social licence to operate' in recent united nations instruments on business and human rights and the juridification of CSR. Journal of Business Ethics, 136(4), 699-714. doi: 

Everingham, J. (2007). Towards social sustainability of mining: The contribution of new directions in impact assessment and local governance. Greener Management International, (57), 91-103. Retrieved from

Henry, O. I., Martin, S., & Bampton, R. (2014). A phenomenological study of CSR policy making and implementation in developed countries. Journal of Global Responsibility, 5(1), 138-159. doi:

Theuer, D. (2013). Public administration and corporate social responsibility: How the state can promote better social bonds. Cadernos Gestão Pública e Cidadania, 18(63) doi: