Chapter 3

CSR, Sustainability and theTriple Bottom Line

Adrian Henriques


The triple bottom line (TBL) is a brilliant and far-reaching metaphor. It has stimulated much corporate activity and has generated tools that can yield quantified expressions of triple bottom line performance. But does this cover the full ground of sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR)? This chapter addresses this question through analysis of the following issues:

  • Do the three dimensions covered by the triple bottom line (the environmental, social and economic) exhaust the field of sustainability? In particular, how does the central element of CSR, a concern with stakeholders, fit with the model?
  • The economic dimension of the triple bottom ...

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