Sustainable Development

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Tue, Feb 13, 2018
Abstract El Niño warm events provide a fruitful case for the study of disaster-induced learning due to their reoccurring nature and the high level of uncertainty surrounding their impacts. The purpose of this study is to elucidate impediments and opportunities for learning from El Niño disaster planning. To achieve this, we ...Read more >>
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Tue, Feb 13, 2018
Abstract Nowadays, standards play a central role in the governance of international business relations; palm oil is no exception. The focal issue of palm oil is sustainable processes of production and sourcing, thus multi-stakeholder initiatives such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) set out the sustainability principles and standards, ...Read more >>
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Tue, Feb 13, 2018
Abstract Release of carbonaceous aerosols – comprising black carbon (BC) and organic carbon (OC) – from biomass burning into the atmosphere is dependent on the burning conditions as to the resultant relative abundances of the emitted BC and OC. This provides a way of managing biomass burning in terms of manipulating ...Read more >>
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Wed, Feb 07, 2018
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Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Abstract This paper provides an audit of how the needs of women are addressed in new global sustainable development policy agendas. The policy agendas audited include the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (AfSD), the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework. An auditing matrix of 21 indicators was developed through a critical ...Read more >>
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Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Abstract Green growth has been identified as an effective way to foster economic growth and address environmental problems, and is practised in various countries globally. However, there remain several obstacles and difficulties to evaluating green growth practices in theory, as there is no proper evaluation framework. To bridge this gap, a ...Read more >>
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Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Abstract Sustainability assessment is on the rise: both the number and the importance of tools and labels are increasing quickly. This paper begins with the notion that today's organization of sustainability assessment is tribal, with small groups competing against each other. Using standards for social sustainability as a case in point, ...Read more >>
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Wed, Dec 27, 2017
Abstract Prior research has not fully shown how type and level of product involvement can have different effects on behavioral intentions regarding different green products. The purpose of this study is to examine how consumer involvement affects purchase intentions, willingness to pay more and willingness to sacrifice for three green products ...Read more >>
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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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