During the last two decades sustainability has become an emerging issue, both in literature and policies. As to literature, the focus has been on sustainability reporting for private organizations, while less attention has been given to public administrations. As regards policies, intergovernmental organizations, such as the UN, have embarked on a path towards sustainability that has developed through a series of international conferences resulting in commitments and recommendations addressed to governments as well as multinational and national corporations. To date, the European Union has advised national and local governments to undertake a sustainability focus through a series of Communications, and a list of actions devoted to sustainability. With regards to corporations, four ‘governmental roles’ have been identified in order to support the adoption of social responsibility and sustainability behaviors: mandating, facilitating, partnering, endorsing. This paper aims to discuss the role played by the European Union in encouraging local governments to adopt sustainable policies. In doing so, it first analyses the path followed at the international level in order to support sustainable development, and secondly it examines the content of the Communications issued by the European Union in order to promote sustainable policies at the local level.

Genesis and Development of the European Communication on Sustainability in Local Governments

SIBONI, BENEDETTA;SANGIORGI, DANIELA
2013

Abstract

During the last two decades sustainability has become an emerging issue, both in literature and policies. As to literature, the focus has been on sustainability reporting for private organizations, while less attention has been given to public administrations. As regards policies, intergovernmental organizations, such as the UN, have embarked on a path towards sustainability that has developed through a series of international conferences resulting in commitments and recommendations addressed to governments as well as multinational and national corporations. To date, the European Union has advised national and local governments to undertake a sustainability focus through a series of Communications, and a list of actions devoted to sustainability. With regards to corporations, four ‘governmental roles’ have been identified in order to support the adoption of social responsibility and sustainability behaviors: mandating, facilitating, partnering, endorsing. This paper aims to discuss the role played by the European Union in encouraging local governments to adopt sustainable policies. In doing so, it first analyses the path followed at the international level in order to support sustainable development, and secondly it examines the content of the Communications issued by the European Union in order to promote sustainable policies at the local level.
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