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Tuveri, Giulia, 2021. A digital tool for sustainable business : application in the food and beverage retail. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Department of Molecular Sciences


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Abstract

Ecological threats such as global warming and biodiversity loss are disrupting our planet and societies. Food systems have a primary role in addressing these threats, resolving food insecurity, inequality and so forth, and thus they are vital in achieving societal sustainability goals. Organizations’ efforts in food and beverage retail are of paramount importance in attaining these goals, given their power and strategic position in food value chains. Transitioning to sustainable business practices presents numerous difficulties, which are being tackled with the support of a variety of methods and tools. Digitalization of sustainability tools is a contemporary trend and empirical research is just getting started. The contribution of this project was to investigate, with a case study, the implementation of a digital sustainability platform and identify the ways in which it supports an organization’s sustainability targets. A conceptual framework based on sustainability strategy, network stakeholder theory and a holistic view was used to guide the data collection and analysis. Interviews with sustainability managers revealed benefits, challenges and outcomes of mapping and analyzing supply chains on the platform. Benefits included improved supply chain understanding, ability to focus on key indicators, data-driven decision making and unexpected additional uses. Challenges concerned diversity of suppliers, variety of sustainability indicators and hindrances to transparency. The outcomes were interconnected at different organizational levels and to stakeholders. The sustainability platform is promising but it is no magic stick, it requires stakeholder collaboration, integration of the tool with organizational strategies and a holistic approach to sustainability.

Main title:A digital tool for sustainable business
Subtitle:application in the food and beverage retail
Authors:Tuveri, Giulia
Supervisor:Mark-Herbert, Cecilia
Examiner:Fernqvist, Fredrik
Series:Molecular Sciences
Volume/Sequential designation:2021:16
Year of Publication:2021
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM028 Sustainable Food Systems - Master´s Programme, 120.0hp
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Department of Molecular Sciences
Keywords:corporate sustainability, digitalization, Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD), sourcing, upstream supply chains, stakeholder network theory, transparency, Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM)
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-16855
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-16855
Subjects:Food science and technology
Language:English
Deposited On:29 Jun 2021 08:07
Metadata Last Modified:02 Jul 2021 13:06

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