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Seven Principles for Seven Generations: Moral Boundaries for Transformational Change

Nuno Guimaraes Costa (), Gerard Farias (), David Wasieleski () and Anthony Annett ()
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Nuno Guimaraes Costa: ICN Business School
Gerard Farias: Fairleigh Dickinson University
David Wasieleski: ICN Business School
Anthony Annett: United Nations Sustainable Development Systems

Humanistic Management Journal, 2021, vol. 6, issue 3, No 3, 313-328

Abstract: Abstract This paper seeks to provide an approach for achieving a more socially and environmentally sustainable life by reframing the rules of engagement with the planet and with each other by setting minimum standards on essential criteria i.e., by defining “off-limits”zones for corporate action. For a more humanistic and socially just way of living life that would sustain the planet, a set of moral boundaries that cannot be breached are conceived. We offer a set of possible normative leverage points that must not be violated by business in the long-term. Our paper takes a forward-looking view beyond the current generational targets for sustainability. We operate on the premise that sustainability involves preserving the future generations of the planet in both an environmental and human sense. The Moral Boundaries for Business framework embraces the Seventh Generation Principle. The moral boundaries we offer in this paper, if followed, are meant to have positive implications for humanity and the planet in the next seven generations.

Keywords: Sustainability; Flourishing; Transformative change (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s41463-021-00116-y

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