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Creating shared values by integrating UN sustainable development goals in corporate communication - the case of apparel retail

Mark-Herbert, Cecilia and Olofsson, Linnea (2020). Creating shared values by integrating UN sustainable development goals in corporate communication - the case of apparel retail. Sustainability. 12 , 8806
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Abstract

The textile and apparel industry, while endowed with enormous potential related to the development of countries, is continuously drawing attention to its negative sustainability impacts along their value chains. While apparel retail has been an early adopter to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into sustainability reports, critics point to the fact that linking sustainability activities to the SDGs is not enough, and cherry-picking low hanging fruit goals is insufficient. To address this potential discrepancy between action and communication, the aim of this study is to explain the perceived value of SDG integration in sustainability reporting in apparel retail. A comparative case study has been conducted of two Swedish apparel retail companies, Lindex and Filippa K, where six sustainability reports from 2015–2017 were reviewed. Empirical findings suggest that there is a correlation between SDG integration, communication maturity, and SDG contribution. The study points to the guiding role the SDGs may have to expand the scope of corporate impact and value in sustainability communication.

Authors/Creators:Mark-Herbert, Cecilia and Olofsson, Linnea
Title:Creating shared values by integrating UN sustainable development goals in corporate communication - the case of apparel retail
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:12
Article number:8806
Number of Pages:15
ISSN:2071-1050
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Business Administration
Keywords:discourse analysis, sustainability reporting, SDG, textile industry, value creation
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-109259
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-109259
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DOI10.3390/su12218806
ID Code:19752
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Economics
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:21 Dec 2020 13:03
Metadata Last Modified:15 Jan 2021 19:27

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