The sustainable development goals and retailing

Hillier, David, Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393 and Comfort, Daphne (2018) The sustainable development goals and retailing. World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 14 (5). pp. 608-618. doi:10.1504/WREMSD.2018.10014676

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The sustainable development goals (SDGs) agreed at a United Nations General Assembly in 2015 embrace an ambitious and wide ranging set of global environmental, social and economic issues designed to effect a transition to a more sustainable future. The United Nations called on all governments to pursue these ambitious goals but also acknowledged the important role of the business community in addressing the SDGs. This paper provides an outline of the SDGs and offers a commentary on the challenges leading retailers seem likely to face if they are to make a significant contribution to the SDGs. The commentary suggests that while retailers will need to identify and measure their contributions to the SDGs, to integrate their achievements into their sustainability reporting processes and to commission more comprehensive external assurance, fundamental concerns remain about the tensions between sustainability and continuing economic growth.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable development goals; SDGs; retailing; economic growth; business engagement.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5387 Business Ethics
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2018 14:10
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2023 09:55

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