Our commitment to sustainability


Emerald and SDGs
We support the Sustainable Development Goals

As a business, we are passionate about leading change and aligning with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We have committed to helping our industry become more sustainable through being a founding member of the SDG Publishers Compact and through signing up to Publishing Declares, both of which we've promised to take measurable actions that will have a positive impact on sustainability.

Find out what we are doing to help and access our free content on sustainability and the UN SDGs below.

What are we doing to help?

We publish mission led social science research that tackles key societal challenges aligned with the UN SDGs. In doing so we work with academics who collaborate across disciplines and countries, and with industry and government, to publish research that influences thinking, changes policies, and positively makes a difference to lives beyond the walls of academia.

Our open access journals

These new journals give authors the opportunity to publish their research open access so that they can influence thinking, change policies and practice, and make a positive difference to lives beyond academia.

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Journal of Responsible Production and Consumption

Contributes to the progress of UN Sustainable Development Goal 12, advancing knowledge in resources, energy efficiency and sustainable infrastructure.

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Quality Education for All

Contributes to the progress of UN Sustainable Development Goal 4, addressing the fundamental challenges facing education and learning today and, in the future.

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International Perspectives on Health Equity

Contributes to the progress of UN Sustainable Development Goal 3, advancing knowledge on all aspects of health equity.

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Urbanization, Sustainability and Society

Contributes to the progress of UN Sustainable Development Goal 11, addressing the sustainable development of cities across the globe.

Learn more about our open access programme

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International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management

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Research has the power to change the world where it matters most.

This open access journal publishes research that links specifically to the environment and sustainability by focusing on how to combat and cope with climate change. You can access all the articles for free today.

Find out more about the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management.

IJCCSM has published a virtual issue on the subject of extreme climate events. Read these articles for free.


Our goals

Our research focuses on five interdisciplinary goals, each aligned to multiple SDGs

Our goals

Fairer society

We are passionate about working with researchers globally to deliver a fairer, more inclusive society. This perhaps has never been more important in today’s divided world.


Healthier lives

We understand the value of a world that recognises and protects the most vulnerable and acknowledges the importance of a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.


Responsible management

We aim to champion researchers, practitioners, policymakers and organisations who share our goals of a more ethical, responsible and sustainable way of working.


Quality education for all

We believe in quality education for everyone, everywhere and by highlighting the issue and working with experts in the field, we can find ways we can all be part of the solution.

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Sustainable structures and infrastructures

We recognise the transformative power of sustainable engineering, design and building practices in creating a world where our planet and its inhabitants can thrive.


Sources of funding for research papers

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We’re passionate about helping researchers make a difference.

This is why we’ve teamed up with the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Responsible Production and Consumption, and Professor of Research Impact in Supply Chain Management at Leeds University Business School, David L Loseby, to compile this helpful guide to some of the sources of funding which may be available to you, so that you can publish your research and contribute to real-world change.

This guide is intended to provide an initial overview as to the approaches and possible organisations available for researchers to gain the necessary funds to cover the cost of research and open access fees for research papers.

Read David’s guide

Free journal articles & book chapters on sustainability

Our focus is to ensure that the research we publish can fully play its part in solving significant global challenges. This is why we have selected a series of articles and book chapters aligned to the subject of sustainability and the UN SDGs and made them free to access, so that you too can benefit from this research.

Free journal articles on sustainability

If you’re a researcher looking to publish a paper in this area, you can browse our full list of journals by subject area or view our latest call for papers to find the perfect home for your research.

These articles are free to access until 31st March.

Find a journal for your research
Date published: September 2023

Embedding a sustainability mindset in responsible management education

Authors: Karen Cripps and Simon Smith, Oxford Brookes University Business School, Headington Road Campus, Oxford, UK

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

Date published: March 2023

The impact of digital inequality in achieving sustainable development: a systematic literature review

Authors: Prabath Perera, Selva Selvanathan, Jayatilleke Bandaralage, and Jen-Je Su

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Date published: May 2023

The impacts of supply visibility and demand visibility on product innovation: the mediating role of supply chain integration

Authors: Miao Hu, Shenyang Jiang and Baofeng Huo

The International Journal of Logistics Management

Date published: November 2023

Are consumers willing to co-create value when focal firms' suppliers are proactive in green innovation? A chain liability and green halo effect

Authors: Qi Yao, Yuntong Liang, Mengying Feng, and Hao Wang

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

Date published: May 2022

The relationship between the incorporation of sustainability in higher education and the student’s behavior: self-reported sustainable behavior scale

Authors: Aline Bento Ambrósio Avelar and Milton Carlos Farina

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education


Open access articles on sustainability

Are you looking to publish your research open access? You can learn about all our routes to open here.

Publish open access with us
Date published: December 2022

The sustainable transformation of business events: sociodemographic variables as determinants of attitudes towards sustainable academic conferences

Authors: José António C. Santos, Manuel Ángel Fernández-Gámez, Antonio Guevara-Plaza, Mar-garida Custódio Santos, and Maria Helena Pestana

International Journal of Event and Festival Management

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Date published: January 2023

CEO talk of sustainability in CEO letters: towards the inclusion of a sustainability embeddedness and value-creation perspective

Author: Susanne Arvidsson, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal

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Date published: October 2023

The "milky ways": emerging sustainable business models for sustainable value creation in the dairy industry

Authors: Silvia Cantele and Paola Signori, Department of Management, University of Verona, Verona, Italy

British Food Journal

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Free book chapters on sustainability

Want advice on preparing or submitting your manuscript? Check out our author guidelines for books and book series.

These book chapters are free to access until 31st March.

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Date published: June 2023

Future Smart Cities Research: Identifying the Next Generation Challenges

Author: Miltiadis D. Lytras, School of Business, Deree—The American College of Greece, Greece

Book: Smart Cities and Digital Transformation: Empowering Communities, Limitless Innovation, Sustainable Development and the Next Generation

Date published: December 2023

Spiritual Approach Among Techies: An Approach for Achieving Sustainable Development

Authors: Yanik G. Snehal G. Mhatre and Nikhil K. Mehta, National Institute of Industrial Engineering, India

Book: Fostering Sustainable Development in the Age of Technologies

Date published: December 2023

IoT (Internet of Things), Cloud Computing and the Elementary Building Blocks of Smart Sustainable Cities

Authors: Sumesh Singh Dadwal, London South Bank University, UK

Book: Technology and Talent Strategies for Sustainable Smart Cities


Journals, books & podcasts on sustainability

We have a large selection of books and journals that focus on the topic of sustainability and the UN SDGs specifically, as well as several podcast episodes. Find out more about each of them below.

Books on sustainability

Visit our online bookstore to browse all our latest publications.

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Got a book proposal? Submit it here

Podcasts on sustainability

Find out what our author community has to say about the subject of sustainability in these podcast episodes.


The notorious ESG: business, climate, and the race to save the planet

Host Thomas Felix Creighton speaks with author Vasuki Shastry about 'Environment, Social and Governance' (ESG) scores in the business world.


Technological myopia and sustainability

Charlie Swift discusses short-sighted views of technology with David Crowther, Koorosh Ghare-hbaghi, and Kristijan Krkač.


Localising the Sustainable Development Goals

Enrico Guarini, Elisa Mori, and Elena Zuffada illustrate how the SDG framework might be deployed in order to achieve political goals, increase public value, and produce a healthier, more sustainable world for all.

Explore all our podcast episodes

Sustainability conferences – where can you find us?

This year we are attending several sustainability focused conferences where we will be showcasing research aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and talking to our authors and community about how we can work together to tackle significant global challenges. You can learn more about each of these conferences below.

Student Sustainability Research Conference 2024

6th March 2024

The Student Sustainability Research Conference 2024 (SSRC24) brings together students, staff, partners, collaborators, and members of the public to experience the diversity of undergraduate and postgraduate student sustainability research that reflects any aspect of positive social, economic and/or environmental sustainability.

Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability, the conference addresses all aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Emerald’s Publishing Development Managers, Jo Jones, Sharon Parkinson, Rebecca Torr, and Martin Whiteford, will all be in attendance this year, representing our goal areas, alongside Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Responsible Production and Consumption (JRPC), David Loseby.

In keeping with the conference’s aim to be a carbon-neutral event, David and the team will be displaying virtual links to Emerald’s sustainability content and speaking to authors about how we can help their research make a difference. Come and speak to us at the stand.

Find out more about the conference

Institute for Planetary Resilience and Community Transformation (PACT) Publishing Day 2024 

Thursday 11th April 2024

The University of Central Lancashire’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Institute conducts transdisciplinary research to address major challenges of the 21st century. Through research, innovation and enterprise, they aim to have an impact on planetary resilience and community transformation.

This year, PACT held a publishing day which was attended by Publishing Development Manager, Jo Jones in which she discussed our shared goal for increased sustainable practices. 

Find out more about the publishing day

SOS-UK Student Sustainability Summit


Wednesday 29th May 2024

Returning for its 10th year, the Student Sustainability Summit brings people passionate about sustainability, nature and climate justice together for workshops, talks and panel discussions with some of the UK’s top environmental and social justice activists from youth campaigns, students' unions and environmental organisations from across the UK.

This year, we met with the students leading the “Inspiring Youth Led Climate Action” session at the summit to share out thoughts on real impact.

Find out more about the summit

Yorkshire Sustainability Festival

10th – 19th June 2024

Back for 2024, the Yorkshire Sustainability Festival celebrates the importance of collaboration, sharing key learnings from business and academia and recognising that every one of us must start somewhere to make a difference to protect our planet. The aim of the conference is to strengthen, inspire and expand our sustainable business community across the Yorkshire region.

Yorkshire Sustainability Festival encompasses all channels of sustainability, from those looking to create green pledges in business to the people on the ground making an impact and wanting to share their experiences across a wide range of events and locations.

With its roots in West Yorkshire, and a new head office now in Leeds city centre, Emerald is passionate about supporting this event and in helping individuals make a real difference.

Find out more about the festival

What else are we doing?

Learn more about what we are doing to help our industry become more sustainable.

Environment & sustainability

Take a look at the actions we are taking as a business to help minimise our impact on the world around us.


The power of diverse voices

As a global publisher, we’ve been representing researchers from diverse communities across more than 100 countries for many years. We believe – now more than ever – that research is most impactful when a diverse range of voices are included.


Our stance

We want to influence positive change, whether it’s the future of research assessment, open access or finding new ways to make research more accessible and discoverable.


Are you in?

Let’s advance real impact together by committing to change and focusing on what we can all do to make a difference.


Contact us about your work

We love hearing from researchers and practitioners about their work.

If you would like to contribute to this page, or you are working on research related to sustainability, responsible management, and the UN SDGs, and would like to publish it in a journal, book or case study, please let us know by filling out this form and we’ll get right back to you with advice on the next steps.

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