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Fri, Feb 23, 2018
Abstract This study investigates the mechanisms through which environmental corporate social responsibility (CSR) facilitates international expansion. It is currently believed that environmental CSR can allow firms to establish trusting relationships with external stakeholders and build competitive advantages. However, the question of whether and how environmental CSR affects export performance needs to ...Read more >>
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Fri, Feb 23, 2018
Abstract Organizations face increasing pressure from stakeholder groups to adopt sustainable practices and improve their environmental performance. Contemporary frameworks on corporate environmental responsibility observe that stakeholders positively influence organizational response in the form of adoption of sustainable operations practices. However, these frameworks provide little evidence on the distinction between the influences ...Read more >>
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Fri, Feb 23, 2018
Abstract The burgeoning literature on the determinants of eco-innovation has not yet considered the influence of the personal characteristics of a firm's employees. The paper opens this “black box” of unexplained heterogeneity: it has often been observed that firms with broadly similar characteristics take different decisions concerning eco-innovations. In fact, latent ...Read more >>
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Tue, Feb 13, 2018
Abstract This study examines the associations and causations between corporate economic performance, environmental disclosure and greenhouse gas emissions, utilizing a large, longitudinal, multicountry dataset disaggregated between developed and developing countries. The methodology uses a simultaneous equation model with system estimation to deal with endogeneity between the variables, and Granger causality tests ...Read more >>
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Tue, Feb 13, 2018
Abstract Despite the critical role of logistics service providers (LSPs) in improving the environmental sustainability of supply chains, there is still uncertainty about how LSPs can turn environmental management into competitive advantage. Based on a Finnish national logistics survey and financial reporting data from 266 LSPs, this article examines their competitive ...Read more >>
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Tue, Feb 13, 2018
Abstract Based on institution theory, resource-based theory and innovation theory, this study proposes a framework to investigate how institutional pressure affects environmental innovation through the mediating role of knowledge acquisition. In total, 263 firms in the Chinese manufacturing industry were selected as the research sample, and a structural equation model was ...Read more >>
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Fri, Feb 09, 2018
Abstract Integrating previous research, we propose a theoretical model predicting the different effects of global diversification on corporate social performance in environmental protection (EP) by focusing on the institutional difference between developing and developed countries. Moreover, arguing for the moderating effects of firm resources, we also predict and test the effect ...Read more >>
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Fri, Feb 09, 2018
Abstract There is a lack of published research on individuals' decision-making for pro-environmental behaviors while traveling on cruise ships. This study included the cognitive, affective and normative processes related to this, and considered their interrelations in the prediction model of passenger cruising intention in an environmentally responsible way. We estimated the ...Read more >>
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Fri, Feb 09, 2018
Abstract Organizations such as hospitals, educational institutions and workplaces feed thousands of people every day and are key intermediaries in the food system. They are in a position to significantly shape the production, processing and distribution of food as well as food-related practices of large groups. These activities have a significant ...Read more >>
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Wed, Feb 07, 2018
Abstract Recent studies have examined the political significance of the emergence of governmental initiatives to develop sustainability standards for agricultural commodities in the transition economies. Yet, few studies have examined how neoliberal ideas influence the governance of value chains in the agri-food sector of these countries. This paper's goal is to ...Read more >>
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Wed, Feb 07, 2018
Abstract Specialty coffee markets that recognize coffee-quality price premiums can improve business conditions for smallholders and promote agro-ecological practices. We studied the Relationship Coffee Model (RCM), a business model that supports long-term partnerships between coffee buyers and smallholders based on product quality. We examined how biophysical conditions and production practices affect ...Read more >>
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Wed, Feb 07, 2018
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Wed, Feb 07, 2018
Abstract This paper analyses the changing nature of sustainability initiatives and their capacity to tackle sustainability challenges, focusing on cocoa in West Africa, and distilling lessons pertinent across agro-export industries and regions. Using data from empirical studies, literature review and consultations with key cocoa actors, we find ‘sustainable' cocoa at a ...Read more >>
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Wed, Feb 07, 2018
Abstract The chocolate market is experiencing a wave of market differentiation thanks to the emergence of the bean-to-bar movement. Cacao is seeing both a rise in demand for mass markets and a process of market bifurcation into more specialized, high-quality products for wealthy urban consumers. For the specialized market, the quality ...Read more >>
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Wed, Feb 07, 2018
Abstract Modern industrial society has transformed the textile sector. Brand-owning companies today seldom own the production process but instead rely on global supply chains consisting of a myriad of suppliers and sub-suppliers. The global scope of this sector, along with the complex and uncertain health and environmental risks associated with textile ...Read more >>
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Wed, Feb 07, 2018
Abstract The relationship between coffee quality and sustainability is typically analysed using symbolic quality attributes, not material quality. This article provides a bottom-up perspective of Burundi's current competitive advantage in the global coffee market: material quality. The research agenda was embedded within the operations of a Burundian coffee washing station and ...Read more >>
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Tue, Feb 06, 2018
Abstract This study investigates the mediating effects of environmental and operational performance on the relationship between green supply chain management (GSCM) and financial performance. The proposed relationships are analyzed using survey data from a sample of 126 automobile manufacturers in China. The results suggest that GSCM as an integral supply chain ...Read more >>
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Wed, Jan 24, 2018
Abstract Employee wellbeing and human sustainability have become increasingly acute issues within Japanese businesses. However, large corporations find it difficult to improve employee wellbeing and human sustainability in areas such as work-life balance, flexibility and gender diversity. To investigate the nature of conflicts, we conducted in-depth interviews with 12 managers with ...Read more >>
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Fri, Jan 19, 2018
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Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Abstract This paper examines conflict minerals disclosure (CMD) as mandated by the Dodd–Frank Act. We rely on a thorough content analysis conducted by the Responsible Sourcing Network on a sample of 122 firms that filed CMDs with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in 2015. We document that firms with long-term ...Read more >>
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Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Abstract Since the link between organizations' sustainability initiatives and effects from the societal environment has not been consistently established in the literature, this paper provides a conceptual framework to demonstrate the antecedents to the levels of sustainability initiatives undertaken by firms. Taking insights from institutional theory, it proposes that the relationship ...Read more >>
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Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Abstract Following the attention-based view of the firm (ABV), boards of directors' link to corporate sustainable development (CSD) could be dependent upon certain attention structures: valuation of environmental stimuli, rules of the game and the players. Studying a sample of large Australian firms, the findings indicate that the proposed attention-directing structures ...Read more >>
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Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Abstract Climate change studies have been gaining increasing importance in the academic debate, and also in the field of organizations and management. Scholars have contributed to this field by borrowing approaches from sustainable business research. However, some authors have raised unanswered questions about the contribution of these studies to the management ...Read more >>
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Thu, Jan 11, 2018
Abstract The aim of this study is to elucidate the sustainability-related strategies on the biofuel industry. Our empirical analysis is based on a time series data set covering diesel demand in Greece over the period 1978–2014 and on the basis of these estimates we make forecasts for biodiesel consumption in the ...Read more >>
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Thu, Jan 11, 2018
Abstract Firms collaborate in green product innovation to develop products with less environmental impact. These products typically use less energy, have lower emissions and incorporate more environmentally friendly materials. In an industrial setting, firms often collaborate along the supply chain with customers and suppliers. This paper focuses on external and internal ...Read more >>
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Wed, Dec 27, 2017
Abstract This paper addresses the issue of how sustainable supply practices are actually used as a leverage for sustainable development (SD). In order to assess the level of sustainable supply management within an organization, the authors have reviewed the literature extensively and then developed a five-step maturity model around five management ...Read more >>
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Wed, Dec 27, 2017
Abstract For energy managers, finding personal meaning in the activities they are engaged in and gaining an identity in connection between energy efficiency and organizational goals is a necessary condition to mobilize passion and commitment, which in turn are fundamental to achieve organizational goals under tight budget constraints. Despite this, little ...Read more >>
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Tue, Dec 19, 2017
Abstract This article analyzes the motivations, internalization challenges and outcomes of implementing certifiable standards for corporate biodiversity management. For this purpose, a qualitative study based on interviews with 39 environmental managers, auditors, consultants and other experts in the field was conducted. The findings show that the adoption of new standards for ...Read more >>
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Tue, Dec 19, 2017
Abstract In recent years, a new trend has emerged in which shareholder activists have formed networks to empower shareholders and magnify shareholder voices. This study explores the structural patterns and effectiveness of shareholder activism networks and shows how those networks affect corporate sustainability policies. We draw upon stakeholder influence theory, stakeholder ...Read more >>
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