Creating a Culture of Sustainability using Mission Statements of Cooperative Organizations


  • Nooraslinda Abdul Aris
  • Rohana Othman
  • Wan Mohd Yusof Wan Chik
  • Safawi Abdul Rahman



Mission statements are recognized as effective strategic management tools that influence firms’ performance. The evolution of a culture of sustainability begins with a mission statement that strikes a balance between financial performance and social commitments. The clear articulation of sustainability as part of the firm’s mission, values, goals, and strategy are key factors in fostering sustainability focused culture. This study illustrates the fundamental tenets of the culture of organizational sustainability model proposed by Galpin, Whitttington, and Bell (2015) using selected cooperatives in Malaysia. The contents of the mission statements were then analyze using the nine elements model by Pearce and David (1987) in findings its relations to and the existence of sustainability culture within the cooperatives. Findings from the study confirm building an organizational infrastructure that fosters a culture of sustainability results in positive employee and organizational-level sustainability performance. A reference was made to Bank Rakyat, one of the leading cooperative-based banking in the country for its outstanding performance.

© 2016. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

Keywords: Mission statement; sustainability; culture; cooperative


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Abdul Aris, N., Othman, R., Wan Chik, W. M. Y., & Abdul Rahman, S. (2016). Creating a Culture of Sustainability using Mission Statements of Cooperative Organizations. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 1(1), 387-393.