Is social work really greening? Exploring the place of sustainability and environment in social work codes of ethics

Wendy Bowles, Heather Boetto, Peter Jones, Jennifer McKinnon

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Abstract

This article examines the extent to which issues of environmental sustainability are represented in three national social work codes of ethics ' the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. These national codes are discussed and implications for social work are analysed with a view to strengthening the profession's position regarding environmental sustainability. Findings suggest that national codes do not include concern for environmental sustainability as a core professional concern. The authors make recommendations for developing ethical practice and further argue that the international professional body of social work, the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), should take a fundamental leadership role in advocating for environmental sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-517
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Social Work
Volume61
Issue number4
Early online date2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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