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A Call for Papers

Corporate Sustainability in Tourism

The Journal of Sustainable Tourism (JOST) is developing a Special Issue on Corporate Sustainability in Tourism, in response to growing interest expressed in this relatively neglected subject.

This call seeks to gather papers that explore the many questions, techniques and dilemmas involved in the process of tourism corporations and organizations taking responsibility for sustainable tourism development. The issue will be guest edited by Dr Xavier Font at ICRETH, Leeds Beckett University, UK and Professor Jennifer Lynes, Program Director of Environment and Business at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

The issue is being developed in collaboration with BEST-EN, ( and will follow their BEST EN Think Tank to be held near Berlin, Germany, from July 12-15. Further details can be had at

Attendance at the think tank, while useful, is not a condition for submitting a paper to the JOST Special Issue.

Contributions are invited on a range of tourism linked applications, including:

  • Case studies of specific corporations, organizations and SMEs
  • Case studies for destinations
  • Analyses of specific CSR practices, including reporting & certification
  • Analysis of CSR in NGOs and public agencies
  • The fallacy of CSR
  • The business case for CSR
  • The meaning of CSR across cultures
  • The impact of CSR on corporate financial performance
  • Legislation for corporate responsibility
  • Standard setting for CSR
  • Organisational learning for CSR
  • Management structures and systems for CSR
  • Human resource management for CSR
  • Corporate philanthropy and volunteering
  • Materiality and the identification of stakeholders
  • Responsible product development
  • Sustainable supply chain management
  • CSR as a tool for market change
  • Corporate social reporting and certification
  • Voluntary action v. regulation
  • CSR as a driver of innovation and change
  • Future developments of CSR concepts including shareholder value& social entrepreneurship

Note: The acronym CSR is used here under the assumption that it includes both social and environmental responsibility.

Please indicate your interest in contributing to this Special Issue by sending a 300 word abstract of your proposed paper by 30th of August, 2016 to Xavier Font by e-mail at Full papers will need to be submitted by the end of February 2017 for standard peer review. The Special Issue is aimed at publication as a special issue in early 2018, although accepted papers will be published on line before that date on acceptance.

Xavier Font: Leeds Beckett University, UK: Guest Editor

Jennifer Lynes, University of Waterloo, Canada: Guest Editor

Bernard Lane: Journal of Sustainable Tourism: Co-Editor