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Environmental innovation and corporate sustainability: evidence-based systematic literature review

Risolene Alves de Macena Araújo (Universidade Federal do Pará, Belem, Brazil)
Fabíola Kaczam (Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Brazil)
Wenner Glaucio Lopes Lucena (Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Joao Pessoa, Brazil)
Wesley Vieira da Silva (Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Maceio, Brazil)
Claudimar Pereira da Veiga (Fundação Dom Cabral, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)

Technological Sustainability

ISSN: 2754-1312

Article publication date: 14 August 2023

Issue publication date: 5 April 2024




Sustainability at the corporate level is interpreted as the approach capable of creating prosperity over long-term horizons through targeted strategic integration, sustainable business system and societal transitions, beyond economic growth, along with environmental quality and social equity. In this context, this article aims to explore the interplay of the relationship between environmental innovation and corporate sustainability.


A systematic literature review (SLR) was conducted in the Web of Science and Scopus databases for the last six decades to explore the proposed relationship. Data were selected on August 2, 2020, and the analysis period lasted until July 20, 2021. A research protocol consistent with the methodological rigor required in conducting an SLR was prepared for the mapping and analysis of relevant research.


In the last five years, there has been an evolution in research related to green innovation in supply chain management. Based on this evolution, there is a growing concern with the development of sustainable business models, taking into account the motivation to adopt green innovation practices aimed at corporate image. The purpose lies in verifying the organizational capabilities in achieving corporate sustainability practices and economic performance. The results show a greater concentration of studies exploring (1) sustainable business models, (2) the complexity of the sustainability tripod balance, in addition to (3) organizational strategies based on green and competitive practices.


Few works explored the context of small and medium-sized companies, especially those located in emerging and underdeveloped countries. This opens up a promising field of research. The main contributions of this article are related to (1) the presentation of a portfolio of theoretical and methodological approaches on the subject, which allows the exploration of the possibilities of empirical studies; and (2) showing the current status of research on environmental innovation and its impact on corporate sustainability. This article explores the interplay of the relationship between environmental innovation and corporate sustainability and brings state-of-the-art research about the theme.



The authors wish to express their gratitude to the editors and reviewers for their constructive input and insightful feedback.


Araújo, R.A.d.M., Kaczam, F., Lopes Lucena, W.G., Silva, W.V.d. and Veiga, C.P.d. (2024), "Environmental innovation and corporate sustainability: evidence-based systematic literature review", Technological Sustainability, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 212-231.



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