International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 20 September 2011



Leal Filho, W. (2011), "Editorial", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 12 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijshe.2011.24912daa.001



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Article Type: Editorial From: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Volume 12, Issue 4

Welcome to another issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. On this editorial, I would like to refer to the Sustainability Yearbook 2011. For the seventh consecutive year, PwC and SAM Group have jointly published the Sustainability Yearbook. In 2011, the Sustainability Yearbook offers an overview of the results of SAM’s 12th annual assessment of corporate sustainability practices, which provides the basis for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.

The Sustainability Yearbook 2011 highlights the topic of Water as a global sustainability issue to which PwC has contributed a thought leadership piece: “Water as a business issue: How should business respond?”

The document contains sustainability insights into 58 sectors. The top performers in each sector qualify as SAM Sector Leaders. In addition, the companies that have achieved the most significant year-to-year improvement in their corporate sustainability performance in each sector are recognized as SAM Sector Movers. This sort of publication is important and interest to all those engaged on sustainability in higher education for three main reasons:

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    It provides important insights into the ways the business world sees and perceives sustainability.

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    It offers interesting materials to be used in classes or as topics for simulations and exercises.

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    It offers useful information on matters related to water issues, outlining its economic dimensions.

Readers will find on this issue a further set of papers from different parts of the world, which showcase how different universities are handling sustainable development issues as part of their activities.

Enjoy your reading!

Walter Leal Filho

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