Sustainable Development

Latest articles - titles and shortened abstracts - from our journal Sustainable Development

Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Abstract With the ever-increasing number of family cars in China, pollution and traffic jams seriously affect residents' daily lives. Motivating residents to select green travel modes is becoming a major issue. Based on the theory of planned behavior, a framework is developed to identify influencing factors and then examine how these ...Read more >>
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Thu, Nov 16, 2017
Abstract This paper constructs an efficiency model of carbon emission reduction (ECER), and uses provincial panel data from 1995 to 2014 to examine the factors influencing ECER at province level in China. Results show that TA (technical advancement) and SE (scale effect) dominate ECER, but their effects vary across regions. TE ...Read more >>
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Fri, Nov 10, 2017
Abstract The aim of this paper is to assess to what extent producers' participation in fair trade can increase their adaptive capacity and make them more resilient to climate change. Based on the adaptation deficit framework of Fankhauser and McDermott (2014) and an expert interview with 39 producer organizations from Latin ...Read more >>
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Mon, Oct 30, 2017
Abstract With rising stakeholder concerns over sustainable development, corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become key for the business community, moving the business model beyond financial performance to a new voluntary paradigm based on natural resource conservation, social welfare, stakeholder engagement and economic performance. This article aims to answer whether profitable business ...Read more >>
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Thu, Oct 19, 2017
Abstract This work is based on the conjecture that multiple motivational pathways might lead to the adoption of green innovations. A sequence of two studies was designed to identify motives driving farmers to adopt green innovations. Study 1 aimed at the development of a scale assessing potential adoption motives. Study 2 ...Read more >>
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Thu, Oct 19, 2017
Abstract Sustainable consumption is a crucial contributor to sustainable development. Often, environmental policy approaches to promote sustainable consumption rely on increasing the awareness of consumers through information provision. Hence, it is important to know what kind of people the sustainability information is likely to reach, and what kind of people would ...Read more >>
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Thu, Sep 28, 2017
Abstract This paper aims to identify the consequences of integrating stakeholder engagement in sustainable development represented by environmental performance using data from 226 industrial corporations. To the best of our knowledge, there is no empirical evidence on how three levels of stakeholder integration (knowledge, interaction and adoptive behaviour) might affect environmental ...Read more >>
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Thu, Sep 21, 2017
Abstract This paper employs data envelopment analysis (DEA) to consider waste generation at a regional level in the European Union (EU). By doing so both good and bad outputs are taken into account and different frameworks are designed. Five parameters (waste generation, employment rate, capital formation, GDP and population density) are ...Read more >>
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Thu, Sep 21, 2017
Abstract In this paper, we identify three literature-based hypotheses about how and whether Fairtrade labeling delivers its advertised benefits: a market mechanism that provides producers in developing countries advantaged access to consumer markets; a sustainable agriculture mechanism that improves the sustainability of Fairtrade products and a social justice mechanism that protects ...Read more >>
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Tue, Aug 29, 2017
Abstract This study examines employee sensemaking processes in order to understand the role of sustainability reporting in organizational identity change. Through an analysis of 52 interviews with employees in two Finnish companies, we develop sensemaking frames for understanding the role of sustainability reporting in organizational identity change. The three sensemaking frames ...Read more >>
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Fri, Aug 25, 2017
Abstract Corporate sustainability has increased in importance, because corporations must survive in a social and ecological network as an interdependent going concern. However, from a business perspective, it is an empirical issue whether the firm's corporate sustainability performance is associated with its financial performance. In this paper, based on Ohlson's residual ...Read more >>
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Thu, Aug 10, 2017
Abstract Mining licenses in post-apartheid South Africa are being granted by the ruling government in sensitive areas that are important tourism hubs and employment generators. Limited research has been conducted to understand mining impacts on protected environments and tourism sites. This paper will focus on the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site as ...Read more >>
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Tue, Aug 01, 2017
Abstract The relationship between sustainable development's prime goal, human wellbeing, and the natural environment has been narrowly conceived. This paper focuses on the possibility and the implications of treating the natural environment as a ‘constituent', or internal element, of the concepts of wellbeing and poverty, as opposed to a ‘determinant', or ...Read more >>
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Tue, Aug 01, 2017
Abstract Behaviours of individuals and households have major and cumulative impacts on the ecology and sustainable development. A generic segmentation model of sustainable behaviour is presented based on three fundamental drivers of behaviour: motivation, opportunity and habit. Four segments of consumers are distinguished: low motivation/low opportunity, high motivation/high opportunity, low motivation/high ...Read more >>
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Tue, Aug 01, 2017
Abstract This paper explores a number of ways in which environmental quality can be represented by indicators within empirical attempts to look for a relationship between environmental performance, income and income inequality. A total of 16 environmental performance indicators were selected where data were available at the national scale (180 countries), ...Read more >>
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Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Abstract The sustainable development agenda has long been linked with social justice, income equality, and workers' rights. This article argues that voluntary sustainability standards-setting organizations (VSSSOs) can contribute to these goals by requiring employers to pay living wages and actively support collective bargaining. Examining the content of 25 voluntary sustainability standards ...Read more >>
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Tue, Jun 06, 2017
Abstract The purpose of this paper is to present the construction of the Household Sustainable Consumption Index (HSCI). The index is based on existing data from reputable institutions, which allows us to form a broad perspective on all three aspects of sustainability for 28 EU countries for the years 2005 and ...Read more >>
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Thu, May 25, 2017
Abstract In the face of existing obstacles in the interdisciplinary research on sustainable consumption behaviors, we argue for the need of an integrative framework from an interdisciplinary perspective. Such a framework is presented in the form of a three-dimensional cube model of sustainable consumption behavior (SCB-cube) extended by a fourth impact ...Read more >>
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Thu, May 25, 2017
Abstract Greening the economy has been widely discussed as a new strategy for simultaneously reducing environmental pressures, promoting economic growth and enhancing social well-being. Indicators are one tool that can be used to describe the development of green growth. This paper presents and evaluates the process of attempting to build a ...Read more >>
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Fri, May 05, 2017
Abstract This study aims to explore research and to identify research clusters on sustainable development by using bibliometric analysis. The sustainable development field is examined using the selected research articles. A co-citation unit is used to analyze the relationship between cited documents, and then science mapping is used to identify clusters ...Read more >>
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Thu, May 04, 2017
Abstract Not only accumulating more social outcomes and avoiding worse environmental situations, but also mitigating sustainable development disparity, is an inevitable challenge for transitioning to sustainable development. Measurement of sustainable development disparity and identification of its drivers will be effective to enlighten the stakeholder engagement of sustainable development. In this paper, ...Read more >>
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Wed, Apr 05, 2017
Abstract With growing recognition that management and measurement of water risks and opportunities are of ongoing concern to business, corporate water accounting has emerged as an innovation for corporate strategy and action. However, there is little prior research available for those looking for guidance in water accounting. The paper addresses this ...Read more >>
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Abstract The aim of this research is twofold: (a) to inquire into the methodological foundations of boundary setting for improved sustainability reporting and (b) to explore current corporate practice in this area, with a particular emphasis on environmental indicators. The paper contends that the boundaries of significant sustainability indicators should encompass ...Read more >>
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Wed, Apr 05, 2017
Abstract Scarce natural resources and the associated price increases are two of the many sustainability challenges that corporations face in the 21st century. Although resource efficiency is regarded as one of the means to tackle this issue, corporations are unsure of how to operationalize the term into appropriate indicators and how ...Read more >>
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Wed, Apr 05, 2017
Abstract The environmental and social impacts of companies and their processes, products and supply chains are a widespread concern. At the same time, such impacts provide opportunities for firms to engage in sustainability practices, to transform their businesses or to start new ventures contributing to sustainable development. In this context, innovation ...Read more >>
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Mon, Mar 20, 2017
Abstract This study's objectives are (1) application of a quantitatively sound approach to the evaluation of economic and environmental sustainability for 10 Southeast Europe (SEE) countries, including comparison with the developed countries of Germany, France and the Russian Federation, and (2) evaluation of the effects of chosen sustainability indicator weights, especially ...Read more >>
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Tue, Mar 07, 2017
Abstract Dynamic capabilities are considered relevant competencies in the fields of strategic management, as they are proposed as a framework for analysing the sources of wealth creation in rapidly changing environments. However, there are few authors who have analysed dynamic individual capability requirements for the manager of a business to ensure ...Read more >>
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Wed, Mar 01, 2017
Abstract This study analyzes how frequently political parties in Austria, Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Switzerland referred to the concept of sustainable development in their manifestos for national elections from 1976 to 2011. Has the frequency of reference to the concept grown over time? Does an increase in frequency still ...Read more >>
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Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Abstract We aim in this paper to address the sustainability challenge of how an integrated approach can lead to figuring out solutions to complex issues for modern societies. We reviewed papers related to integrated water resource management (IWRM) and integrated solid waste management (ISWM) to advocate some innovative concepts and methodologies ...Read more >>
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