Sustainable Development

Published by Wiley
Online ISSN: 1099-1719
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Total share of the retail sector 
A guideline for indicator selection
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Retailing is a diverse and dynamic industry offering a wide range of goods and services to consumers.There is also an increasing recognition that this corporate retail power is the driving force for the whole of the supply chain. Due to these facts, it is argued that retailing companies have a huge potential to impact on sustainability performance of national economies. In order to materialize this potential, performance in sustainability should be assessed, and evaluating sustainability performance of an industry requires developing a system of performance evaluation framework. In the context of sustainable development, selecting proper sustainability indicators are one of the most crucial steps to fulfill performance evaluations. Since there has been no attempt to develop proper sustainability indicators in retailing industry, this paper aims to select appropriate indicators for future evaluation of industrial sustainability performance for grocery retailing in terms of three sustainability aspects: social, environmental and economic. To this end, (1) a comprehensive analysis of the existing literature was done, (2) and Analytic Hierarchy Process|Weighted Additive model-based table was developed to rank the indicators for each aspect, (3) the input for the tables was obtained from rapidly growing grocery retailing industry in Turkey by conducting surveys, and (4) using the average values of the tables, sustainability indicators for each aspect were ranked and the most appropriate ones were selected. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.
 
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In this article we explore the widely held assumption that aestheticized consumption is bound to escalate. In our study of 20 years of representations of bathrooms in Norway's most popular interior design magazine Bonytt , we found support for the hypothesis that since the early 1990s new uses of bathrooms as sites for the construction and expression of identity and social aspirations have become more salient. We also have reason to believe that these new uses may be related to increased energy and water consumption. However, we also encountered aspects that indicate a more contingent and paradoxical relation. First, Bonytt calls explicitly for reflexive consumerism, enabling readers to deliberate the degree of aestheticization of their bathrooms. Second, while mostly showing large bathrooms, ' aesthetic fixes ' are proposed by Bonytt , which let small bathrooms appear larger - without increased energy consumption for space heating. Third, aesthetics is used to propagate new, energy saving technologies (e.g. LEDs). And fourth, water and energy wasting practices shown in newer Bonytt issues (e.g. large shower heads) have largely replaced wasteful practices present in older issues (e.g. whirlpools). Thus, at least in these cases the shifts in fashions promoted by Bonytt may only be surface phenomena, which leave more fundamental trends untouched. These four observations are examples of how a productive relation between design and sustainability can be achieved. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.
 
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This paper examines the evolution in the UK of green offices against a background of changing government and industry perspectives. A key factor discussed is the emergence of evidence that such buildings can lead to improvements in productivity in the workforce and hence greater competitiveness for the company involved. The paper reviews the measures and criteria employed for evaluating the performance of green buildings at the critical interface between environmental and economic factors. There is a general overview of the design and corporate ambition behind a number of green offices built in the 1990s and a more detailed examination of one. The paper reaches a number of conclusions of interest outside the UK, notably that users of buildings should be more involved in project briefing in order for the energy, health and productivity benefits to be effectively integrated. The paper also highlights the different perspectives held by clients, designers and users of green offices and how these alter the motivations at the genesis of a project. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.
 
Top-cited authors
Bill Hopwood
Geoff O'Brien
  • Northumbria University
Nicola Dempsey
  • The University of Sheffield
Sinead Power
Caroline Brown
  • Heriot-Watt University