Sustainability in public organizations: a study in the Sustenta Paraná Network



Sustainability, Sustainable development, Public organizations, Public sector, Public Management.


Purpose - Evaluate the actions aimed at sustainability in the public sector from their stages of maturity in the context of institutions participating in the Sustenta Paraná Network.

Methodology – We analyzed data collected through semi-structured interviews with managers responsible for creating and implementing sustainability projects in three public agencies participating in the Sustenta Paraná Network. Analyses also included information available on the official websites of the organizations, as well as documents from alignment meetings between institutions participating in the Rede Sustenta Paraná. The content analysis technique employed the software ATLAS.ti.

Findings - The organizations demonstrated similarities, such as that internal motivation comes from management and those responsible for sustainability. All the organizations presented the need for extensive work to raise employee awareness. Besides that, were confirmed that the changes of public sector makes suppliers need to adapt, demonstrating their influence on their chain and market. However, they also presented significant differences, and each organization is at a distinct stage in the model studied.

Originality - The contribution of this study is to expand and allow a better understanding of public organizations. Furthermore, two theoretical frameworks, typically used in the analysis of private organizations, were employed simultaneously. We suggest that public organizations systematize their sustainability information to make it available both to the internal and external public, such as an annual sustainability report with results achieved and ambitions.

Author Biographies

Júlia Mitsue Vieira Cruz Kumasaka, Federal University of Paraná

PhD student in Administration from University of São Paulo. Master student in administration at the Federal University of Paraná, in the line of research on Innovation and Technology and graduated in administration from the federal university of Ceará.

Barbara Galleli, Federal University of Paraná

Professor at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), coordinator of the Innovation and Technology research line at PPGADM-UFPR. PhD in Business Administration from the Graduate Program in Business Administration at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting at the University of São Paulo (FEA / USP), with a sandwich period at Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom. Master in Business Administration from the Graduate Program in Business Administration at the State University of Londrina (UEL).

Jeferson Henrique, AGU - Advocacia Geral da União

Currently works at AGU - Advocacia Geral da União and studied Marketing at the FAE Business School

Barbara Braga Cruz, Federal University of Ceará (UFC)

Master’s Degree candidate in Rural Economy at Federal University of Ceará (UFC). Bachelor of Economy from Federal University of Ceará (UFC).

Emanuel Campigotto Sandri, Federal University of Paraná

Teacher-Tutor (EAD and Semi-presence) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná - PUC PR. PhD student in Administration from the Federal University of Paraná, Research Line in Innovation and Technology. Master in Administration, Professional program, by the State University of Western Paraná - UNIOESTE.


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How to Cite

Kumasaka, J. M. V. C., Galleli, B., Henrique, J., Cruz, B. B., & Sandri, E. C. (2021). Sustainability in public organizations: a study in the Sustenta Paraná Network. Revista De Administração Da UFSM, 14, 1160–1181. Retrieved from

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