The circular economy and natural capital: a case study of European clothing and fashion retailers

Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393 and Comfort, Daphne (2019) The circular economy and natural capital: a case study of European clothing and fashion retailers. International Journal of Management Cases, 21 (1). pp. 36-50.

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Clothing and fashion industry retailing faces a number of challenges, including inventory management and omni-channel retailing, but many commentators suggest that sustainability has become an increasing pressing challenge. The concepts of the circular economy and natural capital are increasingly common features of the sustainability narratives of a growing number of companies, and this case study explores the ways leading European based clothing and fashion retailers are addressing the circular economy and natural capital. The case study reveals that the leading European clothing and fashion retailers have employed the concept of the circular economy in a variety of ways, but the concept of natural capital has received much less attention. More generally, the authors argue that both concepts raise a number of issues, relating to different and contesting meanings, measurement and accounting, relationships to sustainability and business imperatives and economic growth.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Circular Economy, Natural Capital, European Clothing and Fashion Retailers, Sustainability
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5428 Retail Trade
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2019 16:02
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2023 09:38

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