Reflections of environmental management implementation in furniture

Zutshi, Ambika, Creed, Andrew, Holmes, Mary and Brain, Jade 2016, Reflections of environmental management implementation in furniture, International journal of retail and distribution management, vol. 44, no. 8, pp. 840-859, doi: 10.1108/IJRDM-10-2015-0154.

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Title Reflections of environmental management implementation in furniture
Author(s) Zutshi, AmbikaORCID iD for Zutshi, Ambika orcid.org/0000-0002-0982-5303
Creed, AndrewORCID iD for Creed, Andrew orcid.org/0000-0002-1682-7956
Holmes, Mary
Brain, Jade
Journal name International journal of retail and distribution management
Volume number 44
Issue number 8
Start page 840
End page 859
Total pages 20
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2016-08-08
ISSN 0959-0552
Keyword(s) Retail
Sustainability
Environmental management
Furniture
Case
Summary The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of environmental management initiatives in the furniture retail area. The specific aim is to present reflections of participants implementing environmental initiatives in an Australian furniture retailer, Living Edge, in alignment with a secondary snapshot of environmental initiatives from other furniture retailers. Design/methodology/approachPrimary reflections from the retailer’s manager and external consultant, both involved in the implementation of environmental initiatives, are enriched with secondary review of environmental management system trends and examples from regions active in the designer furniture sector, including Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. FindingsAn integrated view has been distilled around environmental impact in the furniture supply chain and consumer pressure to minimise the impact. Stakeholders require furniture retailers to improve efficiency and profitability amid the countervailing market demand for environmental sustainability. Retailers may seek competitive advantage through effectively applied and communicated environmental management. The voluntary adoption of systems, international standards and innovative practices that conserve natural resources are amongst the key to success. A live case example of Australian experience is added to the knowledge base for the global retail furniture industry. Research limitations/implicationsOne Australian retailer is exemplified to highlight the lived experiences of implementing environmental initiatives. The secondary global review presents a cross-section rather than an in-depth analysis of furniture sector retailers. Originality/valueThere are limited Australian perspectives of designer furniture and its intersection with environmental issues, thus, the paper addresses this gap in the literature and adds to informed practice in a global industry.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/IJRDM-10-2015-0154
Field of Research 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
1505 Marketing
1503 Business And Management
1504 Commercial Services
Socio Economic Objective 960604 Environmental Management Systems
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2016
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30085851

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