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Exploring logistics-related environmental sustainability in large retailers
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Department of Accounting and Logistics, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, ISSN 0959-0552, E-ISSN 1758-6690, Vol. 44, no 1, 38-57 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore and illustrate ways in which the world’s largest retailers describe their logistics-related environmental considerations, their environmental indicators applied to measure the effects of these considerations and their environmental consciousness in their CSR reports.

Design/methodology/approach – Classification models are developed via a literature review on logistics-related environmental considerations, indicators and consciousness. A content analysis approach is then applied to examine CSR reports from 12 of the world’s largest retailers.

Findings – Few retailers show environmental considerations in all logistics activities, but purchasing is especially well described. Even if many retailers claim to use the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework, no one uses is completely. Judging consciousness from CSR reports raised a number of questions.

Research limitations/implications – A contribution to theory is the development of two classification models. The first provides a description structure for environmental considerations related to logistics activities. The second expands the GRI indicator framework by incorporating a structure for logistics activities.

Practical implications – The classification models developed can be an important mean for managers and also consumers to judge the environmental sustainability of retailers by their CSR reports.

Social implications – The study makes a social contribution with its input on sustainability and especially environmental issues.

Originality/value – Few studies have focused upon environmentally sustainable logistics in retail chains, and even fewer address how to measure environmental sustainability in this context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016. Vol. 44, no 1, 38-57 p.
National Category
Environmental Management
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124187DOI: 10.1108/IJRDM-05-2015-0071OAI: diva2:896384
Available from: 2016-01-21 Created: 2016-01-21 Last updated: 2016-02-01Bibliographically approved

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