Diversity for sustainability

an interdependent model of corporate social responsibility

Jawad Syed

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution


The purpose of this paper is to develop an organisational framework that facilitates and institutionalises the alternate resources - worldviews and technologies - offered by Indigenous and other cultures that enrich our understanding of issues related to diversity and sustainability. The paper argues that participation of culturally diverse employees, particularly those from Indigenous backgrounds, in corporate social responsibility initiatives is vital to achieve environmental as well as economic sustainability. In addition to other benefits usually associated with managing a culturally diverse workforce, Indigenous knowledge is instrumental to develop a practical understanding of how ecological systems operate, how key components such as biological diversity and human society interrelate in the total system, and how predictive environmental outcomes that result from an organisation’s operations can best be managed. The proposed ‘diversity for sustainability’ approach is expected to enable the utilisation of the rich potential of cultural diversity for environmental sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCorporate Social Responsibility Papers
Subtitle of host publicationThe potential of CSR to contribute to the implementation and integration of EU strategies (CORE)
Place of PublicationMilan, Italy
PublisherFondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventCORE : Marie Curie Conference : The Potential of CSR to support the implementation of the EU Lisbon Strategy - Milan
Duration: 22 Jun 200623 Jun 2006

Publication series

NameFondazione Eni Enrico Mattei Series
PublisherFondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)


ConferenceCORE : Marie Curie Conference : The Potential of CSR to support the implementation of the EU Lisbon Strategy


  • biological diversity
  • corporate social responsibility
  • cultural diversity
  • indigenous people
  • sustainability

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