Special Issue "Sustainability in Retail"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.
Interests: marketing; sustainable marketing; green marketing; green retailing; generational marketing; international retail marketing
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In recent years, sustainable development has become an increasingly broad topic debated and analyzed by researchers and practitioners, all specialists in different fields (Bernyte, 2018), as a result of the increasingly intense development of contemporary society and its members regardless of the generation they belong to, the organizations, and the technologies used (Coca et al., 2013; Dabija and Băbuț, 2019; Dabija et al., 2019). Sustainable development, as a global phenomenon, has been defined since 1987 by the Bruntland report of the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), constituting “the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (WCED, 1987; Martin and Shouten, 2012). This report also provides, in addition to the definition of the concept, an image of the sustainability dimensions: economic, social, and environmental, subsequently synthesized by the concept of Triple Bottom Line (Bekele et al., 2012; Baillie and Jayasinghe, 2017) or “simultaneous pursuit of economic prosperity, environmental quality, and social equity” (Elkington, 1999).
For example, through environmental sustainability (Bekele et al., 2012), retailers aim at reducing their environmental impact through selective collection and support for recycling, the use of green energy and biodegradable packaging, the traceability of sustainable principles for commercialized products, etc., while for the social dimension, the profit is envisaged by fully observing the norms, regulations, and standards in force, by conducting business in accordance with societal orientation, by local communities’ support and engaging in actions for their development (Dabija et al., 2016). Sustainable development in retail is translated into practice with the help of social responsibility according to the ISO 26000 standard (Popa and Dabija, 2019), but also of the different ways of reporting activity, among which is distinguished, for example, the Global Reporting Intitiative (Dabija and Bejan, 2018).
The objective of this Special Issue is to approach sustainable development in retail on multidimensional, but also trans- and interdisciplinary levels. Topics of interest for publication in this Special Issue include but are not limited to the following:
- Sustainable consumer behavior in retail;
- Sustainable orientation in retail through the perspective of the generational approach;
- Sustainability practices of national versus international retailers;
- Retail corporate practice of sustainable development on emerging versus developed markets;
- Innovation through sustainability in modern retail;
- Philanthropy in retail;
- Ethical issues in retail;
- Application of ISO 26000 in retail;
- Sustainability reporting and audit;
- Enhancing sustainable store patronage based on retailers attributes;
- Retail formats/stores/chains comparison from a sustainable perspective;
- The future of retail-based on sustainability: a holistic approach;
- Sustainable retail entrepreneurship;
- Sustainable knowledge management in retail;
- Sustainability in retail supply chain;
- Retail sustainability and social media;
- Solutions to reduce pollution within the logistic processes from retail;
- Eco-friendly transport within retail supply chains;
- Sustainable support of small local producers and retailers.
Prof. Dan-Cristian Dabija, PhD
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Dabija, D.C., Bejan, B. and Dinu, V. 2019. How Sustainability Oriented is Generation Z in Retail? A Literature Review. Transformations in Business & Economics, 18(2(47)), pp.140-155. http://www.transformations.knf.vu.lt/47
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Prof. Dr. Dan-Cristian Dabija
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- Retail sustainability
- International retail chains
- Retail Corporate sustainability
- Sustainability reporting
- ISO 26000 in retail
- Sustainable consumer behaviour in retail
- Triple Bottom Line