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Special Issue "How Retailers Could Contribute to Sustainable Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Grażyna Śmigielska

Cracow University of Economics, Poland
Phone: +48-501-363-903
Interests: retailing; competitive advantage; sustainability; corporate social responsibility

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The aim of this Special Issue is to show that, in the contemporary economy, retailers could significantly contribute to sustainable development. Such an approach, from the industry point-of-view, is taken as large multinational companies, operating in many countries and managing supply chains, are so powerful that they often indicate how goods should by manufactured, as well as are able to shape consumer preferences. Although their impact on the environment is not as bad as other industries, e.g., chemicals, they still could do a great deal to reduce the emission of CO2 and waste, while at the same time reducing costs (eco-efficiency). Retailers could also promote sustainable consumption by offering sustainable products (also own brand) and information campaigns; sustainable production by responsible procurement policies; contribute to the careers of women (who make up the majority of sales forces in retail) and to make men and women more equal, and so on. Conceptual and empirical research on these topics, from emerging economies, well-developed countries, as well as comparative studies of these problems in well- and less-developed countries, is welcomed. Work can be located, e.g., in the theories of competitive advantage development, institutional, and internationalization of retail activities, as well as the development of CSR concepts.

Prof. Dr. Grażyna Śmigielska
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • sustainable development;
  • retail companies;
  • sustainable own brand products;
  • eco-efficiency;
  • competitive advantage;
  • sustainable consumption;
  • procurement policy;
  • women’s rights

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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