Insightful article that posits an important distinction between the two concepts at thoughtrocket.
A huge driver of sustainability rather than responsibility is innovation. Corporate Sustainability—It’s About Attitude discusses a paper by BT and Cisco, “A New Mindset for Corporate Sustainability.” It discusses the limitations of CSR thinking, “namely an attitude that these practices are costly to business, inhibit growth and negatively impact the bottom line.” Sustainability, on the other hand, is a catalyst for innovation. It gives ten steps companies should take to drive innovation via sustainability. Some are 1) Make innovating for sustainability a part of your company’s vision, 2) Formulate a strategy with sustainability at its heart, 3) Embed sustainability in every part of your business, and 4) Walk the talk (actions speak louder than words). [more]
Is this just semantics? Whichever term you use, doing new things that add value to the top line or bottom line (innovation) is certainly an attractive frame for sustainability.