Water stewardship and North America's food and beverage companies: a case study in corporate sustainability

Jones, Peter and Comfort, Daphne and Hillier, David (2016) Water stewardship and North America's food and beverage companies: a case study in corporate sustainability. International Journal of Corporate Strategy and Social Responsibility, 1 (1). pp. 26-43. ISSN 2054-8079

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to provide an exploratory review of the extent to which the leading North American food and beverage companies are publicly addressing water stewardship. The findings reveal that the vast majority of the selected companies address a number of elements concerning water stewardship as part of their more general approach to CSR. However, corporate commitments to water stewardship can be interpreted as being driven as much by business imperatives as by any specific concerns for CSR or a fundamental desire to maintain the viability and integrity of natural ecosystems. More critically the authors suggest that the selected companies' commitments to water stewardship are framed within existing business models focused on technological improvements in eco-efficiency and continuing economic growth.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2016 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords: corporate social responsibility; CSR; water stewardship; food and beverage industry; North America; food and drinks industry; case study; corporate sustainability; sustainable development; business models; technological improvements; eco-efficiency; economic growth; business imperatives.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5387 Business Ethics
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Business School > Business and Human Resource Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business Research
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2016 08:29
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2017 16:20
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3722

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