Strategies for Sustainable Cotton: Comparing Niche With Mainstream Markets

Teaching Cases on Trade-offs in Corporate Sustainability' published in Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, Forthcoming

11 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2012

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Lydia Illge

IZT - Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment

Lutz Preuss

University of London - Royal Holloway College

Date Written: March 19, 2012

Abstract

This case study examines the strategies by two very different types of textile companies for supplying garments in a more sustainable way: Sweden-based H&M, a large international firm, and hessnatur of Germany, a small niche player. In particular, the case discusses the strategies the two companies have adopted with regard to managing supplier relations and monitoring adherence to social and environmental standards. The case also discusses the respective implications the two companies’ strategies have on society. It aims to stimulate critical thinking regarding the multiple ways in which corporate strategies affect the sustainability footprint of both the company and the wider society in which the company is embedded. The case study should thus be of interest to students of strategic management, but also be useful to those interested in sustainable development or supply chain management.

Keywords: organic cotton, sustainability, textile industry, textile supply chains, H&M, hessnatur, sustainability strategy

JEL Classification: M14, M11

Suggested Citation

Illge, Lydia and Preuss, Lutz, Strategies for Sustainable Cotton: Comparing Niche With Mainstream Markets (March 19, 2012). Teaching Cases on Trade-offs in Corporate Sustainability' published in Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2041124

Lydia Illge (Contact Author)

IZT - Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment ( email )

Schopenhauerstr. 26
D-14129 Berlin
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.izt.de

Lutz Preuss

University of London - Royal Holloway College ( email )

School of Management
Egham Hill
Egham, TW20 0EX
United Kingdom

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