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Case study – Sainsbury’s

Through the Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability Project, a team of CRIS members worked with the third largest UK multiple food retailer, Sainsbury’s, to better understand their initiative to embed sustainability in the supply chain. The specific focus was the lamb supply chain – for which Sainsbury’s have a large market share. We spoke to a range of managers at the retailers, from the Chief Executive, Justin King to those more closely related in day-to-day decisions about the business. We also met suppliers, observed meetings and discussed the issues with key interest groups such as the National Farmers Union. From this work we developed a case study on embedding sustainability in decision-making which we were able to feed back to Sainsbury’s and which is published in the Accounting for Sustainability book (details below). Our partnership continues with Sainsbury’s via a welcome contribution to our teaching programmes by the Environment Projects Manager and continued research for academic publication.

Spence, L. J. and Rinaldi, L. (2010) ‘Sainsbury's: Embedding Sustainability in the Supermarket Supply Chain’  in Anthony Hopwood, Jeffrey Unerman and Jessica Fries (eds.)  Accounting for Sustainability. Practical Insights. With a Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales. Earthscan Publishing, London, 47-71.  

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Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability Project


National Farmers Union (NFU)

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