Sustainability as Cultural Practice and Media as Institutions of Change

Franzisca Weder*

*Corresponding author for this work

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingChapter in edited volume


Today, everything seems to be “trimmed” for a sustainable future. Energy companies, the local bakery, the woman traveling to work with her bike. Sustainability is a moral compass, increasingly guiding individual behavior and decision-making; but above all, it challenges organizations of all kind and scope and drives their stakeholder relations and communication, manifested in 17 colorful Sustainable Development Goals (UN, 2021) and related frameworks on a national, regional, and local level. Accordingly, in 2021, cultural institutions including media corporates started to position themselves toward sustainability. They communicate their Corporate Social Responsibility and related activities, they consider their public role and value, and they increasingly publish information on the changing climate and for sustainable development. In this situation, it seems to be necessary to better understand the role of the media in processes of social change and transformation and in creating a “culture of sustainability” within and through the public sphere. The chapter at hand develops the idea of sustainability as cultural practice and, thus, picks up the concept of media’s twin responsibility and develops and re-defines media’s role in the global sustainability development.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSR Communication in the Media
Subtitle of host publicationMedia Management on Sustainability at a Global Level
EditorsFranzisca Weder, Lars Rademacher, René Schmidpeter
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-18976-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-18978-4, 978-3-031-18975-3
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

SeriesCSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance

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© 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

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