Business Contributions to Sustainable Development: A Study of Leading US Retailers

Jones, Peter and Comfort, Daphne (2019) Business Contributions to Sustainable Development: A Study of Leading US Retailers. Advances in Environmental Studies, 3 (1). pp. 132-140.

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Abstract

There is an increasing recognition of the role businesses can play in contributing to the transition to a more sustainable future and a growing number of large companies have developed corporate sustainability strategies and policies designed to manage their environmental, social and economic impacts. That said, primary research into how companies are addressing and contributing to sustainable development faces a number of a number of challenges but it is important that examinations of these contributions are included in environmental studies curricula. To that end, this review illustrates how five of the leading US retailers report on their sustainability strategies and achievements and offers some critical reflections on retailers’ contributions to sustainable development. The paper reveals that all five selected retailers publicly reported on their contribution to sustainable development. However, the authors argue that the retailers’ commitments to sustainable development are primarily driven by business imperatives and efficiency gains and that they are couched within existing business models centred on continuing growth.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable development, US retailers, Strategy, External assurance, Economic growth, Environmental studies curricula
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5387 Business Ethics
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5428 Retail Trade
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business and Technology > Business & Enterprise Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2019 15:44
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 14:00
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6628

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