Food Retailing and Sustainable Development: European Perspectives

Laure Lavorata
University Reims Champagne Ardennes, France

Leigh Sparks
University of Stirling, UK

Product Details
24 Oct 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
208 pages - 152 x 229mm
Faced with dwindling resources and the challenge of climate change, companies are seeking to enhance production while consuming fewer resources. At the same time, consumers are altering their behaviors by seeking local production or bulk buying products. Retailers, as boundary spanners between consumers and producers, have a major role in initiating change and sustainable development. 

Part one of this book analyzes the sustainable development practices of retailers within and between different European countries and presents case studies that consider best practices on this topic. Retailer include: Carrefour, Casino, Auchan, Leclerc, Intermarché and System U in France; Inditex, Cortefiel and MANGO in Spain; Edeka, Rewe, Schwarz-Group (with Lidl and Kaufland) and Aldi in Germany; and Tesco and Marks & Spencer in UK. International retailers in Poland are considered to better understand cross country activities. 

Part two underlines the challenges faced by European retailers in the wake of societal and technological changes. The consumers’ role and their sustainable development practices are analyzed to understand the impact on retailing and the main risks for retailers. 

This book will appeal to academics, students and professional educators alike, providing a crucial understanding of retailers’ practices in different countries and their impact on consumers.
Introduction; Laure Lavorata 
PART I: Practices by European Retailers 
Chapter 1. French Retailers and Sustainable Development; Laure Lavorata  
Chapter 2. Sustainable Practices in Spanish Retailing; Eugenia Ruiz Molina and Irene Gil 
Chapter 3. Corporate Social Responsibility in the German Food Retailing Industry; Hannah Schramm-Klein 
Chapter 4. Sustainable Development and Food Retailing: UK Examples; Leigh Sparks 
Chapter 5. Sustainable Development in the Internet Corporate Communications of Leading Retailers in Poland; Tomasz Domanski 
PART II: The Stakes Involved for Retailers 
Chapter 6. The Changing Roles of Food Retailing; Leigh Sparks 
Chapter 7. Consumers and Food Waste in France; Laure Lavorata and Ophélie Mugel 
Chapter 8. Retailers’ Commitment to Sustainable Development and Store Brand Equity: A Comparison between Consumers in France and Spain; Eugenia Ruiz Molina and Laure Lavorata 
Chapter 9. Risks, Strategic Options and Prospects for Commercial Distribution Faced with the Challenges of Sustainable Development; Enrico Colla 
Chapter 10. Retailing and Value, Doing the Right Thing by Providing Value; Barry Babin and Kevin James
Laure Lavorata is Professor at the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne. Her research focuses on the ethics of retailers, marketing ethics, and sustainable marketing. She has coordinated an ANR project on 'Food Retail, Consumption and Sustainable Development' whilst her latest publications are on the "Influence of retailers' commitment to sustainable development on store image, consumer loyalty and consumer boycotts: Proposal for a model using the theory of planned behaviour," published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services and "French Retailers and Sustainability", published in French in 2017. She also coordinated a book published by Economica in November 2016 on marketing and sustainability. 
Leigh Sparks is Deputy Principal and Professor of Retail Studies at the University of Stirling, Scotland. He has degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Wales. His research concentrates on structural and spatial change in retailing. Leigh was a founding member of the Institute for Retail Studies at Stirling. His research has been disseminated widely through a number of books, many reports and and over 150 academic and professional articles. He has been an advisor to the Scottish Government on retail and town centre matters and runs a blog at
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