Sustainable Certification for Future Generations: The Case of Family Business
Family Business Review, Forthcoming
35 Pages Posted: 23 May 2014
Date Written: May 21, 2014
Business sustainability has been defined as meeting current needs while providing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. However, few firms invest in practices geared at sustainability. In this paper we investigate how family ties to future generations via the intention of transgenerational succession can be associated with the adoption of sustainable practices. Using data from 281 wineries in the United States collected through a survey questionnaire, we show that ties to future generations, measured as the intention of the winery owner to pass down the winery to their children, are associated with the adoption of sustainable certification.
Keywords: Business sustainability, Intergenerational succession, wine, eco-certification, eco-label, stakeholder theory.
JEL Classification: M1, Q1, Q2
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