Communicating Sustainability Online: An Examination of Corporate, Nonprofit, and University Websites

Holly Ott, Ruoxu Wang, Denise Bortree

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Abstract

Sustainability, here defined as environmental quality and well-being, has emerged as a core business strategy and a focal area of investigation among communication scholars. This study analyzed sustainability landing pages on websites of top corporations, nonprofits, and colleges/universities for the types of sustainability content presented. Comparisons are made between organization types. Few nonprofits in the sample provided sustainability content; however, nearly all universities and more than half of the corporations had a designated sustainability landing page on their websites. Findings suggest that organizations are promoting certain content, but fewer than 40% quantify their sustainability claims on any topic. Implications about the role of these communication forms for sustainability programs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-687
Number of pages17
JournalMass Communication and Society
Volume19
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2 2016

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