Jones, Peter and Comfort, Daphne and Hillier, David (2014) E-Retailers and Environmental Sustainability. International Journal of Management and Sustainability, 3 (7). pp. 457-468. ISSN 2306-0662Full text not available from this repository.
The aim of this paper is to offer an exploratory review of the extent to which the world’s leading e-retailers are communicating the environmental impact of their business and their environmental sustainability agendas to their customers. The paper draws its empirical material from the most recent information on environmental sustainability posted on the world’s leading e-retailers’ corporate web sites. The findings reveal that the majority of the world’s leading e-retailers publicly report on their commitment to environmental sustainability which embraces climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, waste management, water management, bio-diversity and nature conservation. However the authors argue that these commitments can be interpreted as being driven as much by business imperatives and the search for efficiency gains as by any genuine commitment to environmental sustainability and that they are couched within existing business models centred on continuing growth. As such E-retailers are currently pursuing a ‘weak’ rather than a ‘strong’ model of sustainability.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Sustainability, e-retailers, sustainable consumption, business models, efficiency, external assurance|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HF Commerce|
|Divisions:||Schools and Research Institutes > Business School > Business and Human Resource Management|
|Research Priority Areas:||Applied Business Research|
|Depositing User:||Susan Turner|
|Date Deposited:||20 Feb 2015 17:11|
|Last Modified:||23 Nov 2016 12:06|