Sustainable Certification for Future Generations: The Case of Family Business

Family Business Review, Forthcoming

35 Pages Posted: 23 May 2014

See all articles by Magali A. Delmas

Magali A. Delmas

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Olivier Gergaud

Kedge - Bordeaux Business School

Date Written: May 21, 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Delmas, Magali A. and Gergaud, Olivier, Sustainable Certification for Future Generations: The Case of Family Business (May 21, 2014). Family Business Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2439819

Magali A. Delmas (Contact Author)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) ( email )

405 Hilgard Avenue
Box 951361
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States

Olivier Gergaud

Kedge - Bordeaux Business School ( email )

Domaine de Luminy - BP 921
BP 921
Marseille, PACA 13288
France

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