Sustainability, Ethics and CSR


Practices in Post-Pandemic Times, Special issue of the Journal of Human Values; Deadline 30 Jun 2022

POSTING TYPE: Calls: Journals

Author: Ramendra Singh

Journal of Human Values

Call for papers for Special Issue

Sustainability, Ethics and CSR practices in post-pandemic times

[Published by Sage in association with Management Centre for Human Values, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta]

About the Journal

The Journal of Human Values is a peer-reviewed tri-annual journal, devoted to research on values. Communicating across several knowledge traditions and geographies, it presents a vast scholarship on values from various disciplines within humanities and social sciences. The journal seeks to encourage and foster a meaningful conversation among researchers for whom, values are no esoteric resources to be archived uncritically from the past. Thus, moving beyond cultural boundaries, the journal looks at values as something that animates the contemporary in its myriad manifestations: politics and public affairs, business and corporations, global institutions and local organizations, along with the personal and the private. With a focus on original ideas, academic rigor and conceptual exegesis, the journal carries research papers, conversations, review articles and book reviews. It serves as an important forum of dialogue and discussion for a wide range of scholars from such fields as ethics and philosophy, social and political theory, cultural studies and critical management studies.

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  • DeepDyve
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  • Global Institute for Scientific Information
  • Globethics
  • Indian Citation Index (ICI)
  • J-Gate
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  • Portico

About the Special Issue: Sustainability, Ethics and CSR practices in post pandemic times

The world has been in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic for almost two years now. The pandemic has not only created a global health crisis, but has significantly impacted all walks of life, including business operations. It has brought to the forefront the salience of sustainability for business-related resilience. Organizations that have managed to integrate sustainability into their business models before or during the pandemic are today been found to be more resilient and agile in dealing with risks and uncertainties brought about by the pandemic. We are also witnessing today a human crisis of its own sort, with human welfare and wellbeing gaining more centrality than before. Due to which, the world is also trying to be less fragmented than before, as both individuals and businesses become more aware of the value in fostering new partnerships with the government and the society at large. At this juncture, we also observe interesting new linkages that are being formed between the socio-environmental and economic actors that are playing different roles for business organizations. Importantly, within this emerging new-normal, the traditional role of ethics and corporate social responsibilities (CSR) are also changing. In this special issue, we would like to explore how the pandemic-induced new normal effectively created new relationships and inter-linkages between sustainability, ethics and CSR, which would possibly bring forth innovative insights for businesses in the new-normal. We thereby call for original research articles (conceptual or empirical) on the following illustrative (but not exhaustive) topics for the special issue:

  • Changing nature of Sustainability, Ethics and CSR in the new normal
  • The impact of CSR and sustainability practices on organizational resilience
  • Impact of the pandemic on ethical behaviors of employees, consumers and other stakeholders
  • Impact of the pandemic on human values, ethics and morality
  • The emergence of a new normal and its impact on the societal perspective on ethics, sustainability and CSR practices of organizations.
  • The role of diversity, equity and inclusion practices in the value chain in making an organization more sustainable
  • Changing business models in the new normal and the impact on ethical perspectives of employees, customers, and other stakeholders
  • Impact of pandemic on Sustainability, Ethics and CSR practices on supply chain partners
  • The burgeoning role of “corporate purpose” in transitioning to sustainable business models

Submitting your manuscript

For the special issue, the guest editors are inviting full-length articles within the broad theme of the special issue. All manuscripts should be of 5,000 words, including figures, tables and annexures. Journal of Human Values is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online, a web-based online submission and peer-review system. Please read the author guidelines for manuscript submission before submitting your article:


to log in and submit your article online. Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. The following are important milestones:

  • Manuscript Submission Deadline: June 30, 2022
  • First reviews shared with authors: August 30, 2022
  • Final accepted manuscripts due from authors: Sept 30,2022
  • Special Issue publication date: January 2023 [Vol. 29, No.1]

For any queries or clarifications related to the special issue, you may please contact the special issue guest editor/s:

Guest Editors of the Special Issue

CB Bhattacharya
Zoffer Chair of Sustainability and Ethics
University of Pittsburgh, USA

Ramendra Singh
Professor (Marketing),
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India