Are Retailers 'Bagging' the Carrier Bag Levy in England? An Exploratory Enquiry

Posted: 17 Mar 2019

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Nnamdi O. Madichie

School of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Abertay, Dundee

Surendranath Jory

University of Southampton - Southampton Business School

Abdelhafid Benamraoui

University of Westminster

José L Ruiz-Alba

Department of Marketing & Business Strategy, Westminster Business School,

Ioannis Chistodoulou

Westminster Business School

Date Written: March 1, 2019

Abstract

This paper examines the business impact of the legislation in England requiring retailers to charge consumers for single-use carrier bags. The legislation impacts three key stakeholders — Government, retailers, and consumers. The primary focus of this study is, however, from the perspective of retailers and how this group of stakeholders may have benefited from the charge. Retailers are using the collected revenues to promote their image in the marketplace and presenting themselves as corporate social responsible entities. For retailers, the charge provides an avenue for bolstering their carbon footprint as consumers are expected to reuse their plastic bags — i.e. the “bag for life” as they now have to pay for them. At the same time, the proceeds are helping some retailers to top up their coffers which to some extent implies that there is some misuse or abuse of the policy by retailers.

Keywords: Sustainability, Carrier Bag Levy, Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility

Suggested Citation

Madichie, Nnamdi O. and Jory, Surendranath and Benamraoui, Abdelhafid and Ruiz-Alba, José and Chistodoulou, Ioannis, Are Retailers 'Bagging' the Carrier Bag Levy in England? An Exploratory Enquiry (March 1, 2019). Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 233, pp. 845-853, March 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3340583

Nnamdi O. Madichie (Contact Author)

School of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Abertay, Dundee ( email )

Bell Street
Dundee, DD1
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.abertay.ac.uk/schools/school-of-business-law-and-social-sciences/

Surendranath Jory

University of Southampton - Southampton Business School ( email )

Southampton, SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

Abdelhafid Benamraoui

University of Westminster

309 Regent Street
London, W1R 8AL
United Kingdom

José Ruiz-Alba

Department of Marketing & Business Strategy, Westminster Business School, ( email )

35 Marylebone Road
London, NW1 5LS
United Kingdom

Ioannis Chistodoulou

Westminster Business School ( email )

309 Regent Street
London, W1R 8AL
United Kingdom

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